Her actions do seem cruel and evil, but she is also a grieving mother that wants to avenge her son. After Grendel’s death, “Grendel’s fierce mother” begins to exhibit human-like characteristics such as her caring and protective nature for her child. This can be shown when she carried “off the claw that Beowulf tore from her child” to demonstrates her anger and grief for her son’s death. While she is characterised to be a “she-wolf,” she is also a “mighty mother” that just wants to protect her child. Her whole purpose of killing Hrothgar’s friend and wreaking in Heorot is was to avenge Grendel’s death.
A few similarities are prevalent when comparing Ishtar to Grendel’s mother. Both characters are fierce, vengeful worriers who are ill-tempered when they do not get what they desire to have from others. Ishtar is the Goddess of war who has an earnest desire for love. When she feels that she has been rejected, her evil side is portrayed. The other, Grendel’s mother, has killed many men to protect her son.
“This act of violence made such a stir, so much petitioning to the king for her,..” (65-66). Within every relationship the scale of power tends to fluctuate between the man and woman, this however gradually comes to a draw over time. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, suggests one’s gender determines how much power one will receive. However, just because one receives such power does not mean it must be used. At the beginning of the story the Knight is lost to the idea of men and women being on equal ground, which is shown by his treatment towards the maiden.
Haemon needs to be in the story because he is in love with Antigone. This shows her character by letting the reader know that although she is a strong warrior, she is also loved. He is also crucial to the story because he kills himself which causes his mother to kill herself, leaving Creon with their blood on his hands. “But the boy gave him a wild burning glance, spat in his face, not a word in reply, he drew his sword—his father rushed out, running as Haemon lunged and missed!— and then, doomed, desperate with himself, suddenly leaning his full weight on the blade, he buried it in his body, halfway to the hilt.” This text evidence clearly shows how much he loves Antigone and blames his father for making her kill
Throughout Macbeth, three characters seem to have control of Macbeth’s action and his life. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and the We’ird Sisters all have some type of control over the actions of Macbeth. The wife of the play 's tragic hero, Lady Macbeth, pressures her husband into committing regicide so that she can then become queen of Scotland. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth constantly diminishes her husband 's manhood forcing him to feel less of a man. Unhae Langis, once wrote that, “Lady Macbeth evokes shame in him [Macbeth] to get him back into the contest.” By constantly shaming her husband, Lady Macbeth holds a great amount of control on the way he sees himself.
This is an important part of both works because it is the final time that Mattie shows what she can do, and eventually leads to the climax of the book in Tom Chaney’s death. In both the book and the movie, True Grit, power is an important element in the story. Throughout, Mattie has a goal of not only getting revenge for her father, but earning respect and gaining power from other characters in the story. Mattie uses her desire for power to achieve her goal of capturing Tom Chaney, and thus fills her role as the powerful woman figure she is displayed to be. In True Grit, Mattie establishes that characteristics of one cannot be defined by the actions of
The Mosaic code, “an eye for an eye” has been depicted to perfection in this tale. Moral vengeance, the need to quench the thirst for revenge is what drives Grendel’s mother to fight. She only takes one life and then runs for her life from the hallways. There are the slight perverse twists of events, Beowulf bursts into her home, and she is waiting for him with a warm embrace. Now Beowulf is consumed with self-doubt and most of his men give up on his cause too.
However, in Homer’s The Odyssey, women are viewed as inferior to men by depicting them as “prizes”, expecting them to obey men, and forcing them to serve men. Helen and Penelope are viewed as prizes to be won, due to the view that men ruled over women. Each of these women have had men compete to be their husbands, through wars and competitions. The men “launch(ed)...headlong battles just for (Helen’s) sake,” (129: 161-162) and not for her protection or happiness, but because both King Menelaus and Paris wanted her to be their wife. The Trojan War originated when Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful woman, if he said that she was the most beautiful of three goddesses.
The individual chosen must embody compassion, courage, strength, selflessness and determination, all of the things in which Katniss possess. Katniss’ little sister Brim, was officially chosen, but Katniss volunteered as tribute to protect her sister from such a fight that no child her age should have imagined doing. Some may say Katniss’ intentions were glory and fame, but I believe her intentions were purely the intention of a true hero. Likewise, in the epic Beowulf, Beowulf is the hero and saves his people from outsiders seeking to devour the people of Geatland. Although he posed as conceited, he very well defeated his enemies and gave peace to the
In the beginning of the tale, the Wife of Bath clearly portrays how men behaved towards women in her day and age. Full of lust, the character of the King’s knight “by very force he took her maidenhead,” (line 64). This development of the tale might even expose something about the wife herself, possibly that one of her husbands was forceful or controlling concerning their marriage. Although she proceeded the tale with the knight’s punishment, she makes it seem as if men treating women rather poorly in the second century was not terribly uncommon. Due to a common Code of Chivalry among knights, those who would sexually assault women would be condemned to death.