Characters Analysis In this reprt we are ging t talk abut scial and cultural changes that created such heres as: Bewulf, Sir Gawain, Adam and Satan (Paradise lst) and Gulliver. Bewulf was written during the Angl-Saxn era, when heric deeds and lyalty t nes leader were traits f a persn that lived n frever, by means f pets and writers. Bewulf tells the stry f a her: ne that faces many great battles with many great enemies, cnquering ne after the next nly t finally face his death, in his battle against the dragn. Up until the end f Bewulfs life he was cnstantly lking t be the her. Bewulf, thrugh the years, has lived n as a legendary her, cnquering all bstacles as thugh he were immrtal. Hwever, his mrtality is expsed by his death, the same death that makes him a superher, wrking and fighting evil fr the peple, and as a persn. Bewulf, by all means, is a her. A her fears nt, death, nr destructin f his wn being, but instead risks all that he is fr what he believes t be right, mral, and just.
In the time f the Angl-Saxns reign f England it was nble and expected fr a persn f high hnr t be mre than lyal t his king. In fact, it was cnsidered nble t be lyal t anything that was significant t humanity. In Bewulf, Bewulf is lyal t Higlac. Higlac is my cusin and my king (142) says Bewulf in his preparatin t d battle with the threatening mnster, Grendel. Lyalty t the Angl-Saxns was heric; hwever, the tale f Bewulf has lived n s many years fr a greater reasn than Bewulf being a lyal individual. Heres tday, as well as heres f yesterday, such as Bewulf, all share the characteristic f their willingness t die in their attempt t accmplish their heric act, thus making the act heric. Bewulf knws that there is a chance that he may die in his great battle against Grendel when he says, N, I expect n Danes will fret abut sewing ur shruds, if he wins.
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And if death des take me, send the hammered mail f my armr t Higlac yet he is still willing t attempt t cnquer Grendel. Bewulf says, My hands alne will fight fr me, struggle fr life against the mnster. And with Bewulfs saying this shws his cnfidence in his ability t d battle. A her in bth mdern-day, as well as in the Angl-Saxn time is always very cnfident, as well he shuld be. It wuld serve n purpse t face battle with dubt f nes ability t d s, and with fear f all that awaits him. Bewulf, hwever, takes this ne step further and makes sure that everybdy else knws, as well as himself, just hw gd he is in battle and just hw cnfident he really is. Bewulfs stry lives n, thusands f years after the actual days when Bewulf lived.
His battles against the mnster Grendel, his mther, and the dragn, g dwn in histry as heric battles. The first tw were victrius; hwever, in the third fate takes actin and brings deaths cld tuch t Bewulf. All f Bewulfs heric deeds and battles make him the superher he desires t be. Perhaps what makes Bewulf live tday, frever a legend f ur past, is the fact that he did die, making him a mrtal being; living and dying with the peple, fr the peple, and as a persn. Sir Gawain has tw sides t his persnality. The first side t Sir Gawains persnality is the way in which everyne else expects him t be. Sir Gawain has a certain hnr t uphld as the nblest knight f the Rund Table.
Sir Gawain is expected t be chivalrus by being curageus, lyal, hnest, curteus, the best at everything in which he attempts, and have a strng will t resist temptatins f evil nature. Everyne believes Sir Gawain t be the perfect epitme f the knights. The way that Sir Gawain shws his curage and nbility is by accepting the challenge given t the Knights f the Rund Table by the Green Knight. Gawain accepts this challenge t release King Arthur. King Arthur was faced with the challenge and humility because there was n respnse t the challenge frm the knights befre Sir Gawain accepted. Sir Gawain als shws his lyalty and hnesty by uphlding his end f the challenge and making the jurney t find the Green Knight and take his return blw f death frm the axe. The secnd side t Sir Gawains persnality is the way that he is actually prven t be.
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When Sir Gawain is tested by fate he reveals that he is just as human as anyne else and shuldnt be put n such a high pedestal f herics. Sir Gawain isnt as hnest and curageus as everyne believes him t be. Sir Gawain prves himself t be imperfect. The way that Sir Gawain shws his imperfectins is when he succumbs t Bercilaks wifes advances. Sir Gawain accepts the green girdle frm her and desnt tell Bercilak. Sir Gawain is breaking a pact between him and Bercilak and lies t him by mitting the gift frm his gains wn n that day.
Sir Gawain shws anther flaw when he shrinks away frm the Green Knights first attempted strke frm the axe. Sir Gawain feigns a cheerful face but deep dwn he is full f fear that wasnt expected frm such a nble knight. In cnclusin, Sir Gawain is nt the perfect knight even thugh he strives his best t be. Thrugh the Green Knights tests, Sir Gawain is prven t be just as human as anyne else is. In Miltns first bk f Paradise Lst, Satan, the expected evil archfiend f the epic, is actually depicted as a pwerful and heric character. Satans passinate and ambitius character is mre intriguing than Gds reasnable and mild persnality.
Miltn needs Satan t be a desirable character in the beginning t represent the temptatin man faces when dealing with the devil. Hwever Miltn, being a strng puritan, wuld never allw an evil character t becme the true her. Miltn did nt plan n Satan being viewed as psitively as he smetimes is in bk ne. Much f the sympathy and praise Satan receives frm readers is due t the changed mrals f tdays sciety. The ambitius and prud character that Miltn created fr Satan is seen as psitive in tdays sciety. Hwever when Miltn wrte this epic, being ambitius was seen as an act against Gd. Miltn had intentins t make Satan agreeable in the beginning; hwever he did nt intend him t resemble the epics her.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight contains many themes. Some of these themes are more obvious than others. Love, lust, loyalty, deceit, trust, courage, virtue, and righteousness are most of the themes within the poem. There are some more that are hidden within the concepts of the ideas that the poem presents. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by John Gardner, many different themes are ...
This view was caused by the change in scietys mrals and culd nt have been predicted by Miltn. In the beginning f the epic, Satan is nt pure evil. By the end f bk ne, he still resembles Lucifer, the angel he nce was in heaven. It is nt until the later bks that Satan is prtrayed as cmpletely evil and disagreeable. Satan is seen as a tragic figure as he is thrwn dwn int Hell. This evkes feelings f sympathy twards him.
Because Satan is nt pure evil, it leaves rm fr peple t feel psitively twards him. Satans magnificence als cmes frm the inspired verse which Miltn puts int his speeches. All is nt lst: the uncnquerable will, and study f revenge, immrtal hate, and curage never t submit r yield: and what is else nt t be vercme? Satans passinate and encuraging wrds draw the reader twards him. Satans character is far mre cmplex than Gds and mre interesting t read abut. Satans psitive image with the reader is als due t his attitude. Satan respnds t his fate by claiming, the mind is its wn place, and in itself can make a Heaven f a Hell, a Hell f a Heaven. The strength in Satans persnality causes the reader t feel favrable twards his attitude.
If Miltn had made Satan disagreeable frm the beginning then Adam and Eve wuld have simply been viewed as weak characters. Hwever, nw that the reader himself has been shamefully drawn in by Satans character, ne can relate t Adams cnflict. Miltns presentatin f Satan makes it very difficult nt t respnd t him with sme admiratin and sympathy. Lucifer is an impressive figure and Miltn has prepared fr him many persuasive speeches. These speeches were prepared purpsely s peple can understand the temptatin faced by Adam and Eve; hwever Satan is nt the epics her. Satan can nly cntinue t live after his immral acts because f the grace f Gd. Satans pride and ambitin is t strng fr his wn gd, and it blinds him t whm the true pwer in the universe is- Gd.
Miltn has made Satan int a mighty stature t shw hw strng Gd must be t defeat his frce. In the nvel, Gullivers Travels by Jnathan Swift, the main character, Gulliver, is in fact sympathetic. Gulliver is a very typical Eurpean man. He is middle-aged, well educated, and sensible. He takes fur separate vyages t fur fantastical scieties. He can kind f be seen as a Gldilcks figure.
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He tries ut a range f extreme scieties: ne t small, ne t large, ne t theretical, and ne t simple. He is attracted t the simplicity f the last sciety but is nt allwed t stay. f all the characters in the bk, Gulliver is prtrayed as the sympathetic character. His first adventure, in a cuntry called Lilliput, the reader begins t sympathize with Gulliver. Everyne is n larger than six inches tall in this cuntry. When he first arrives there, he is tied dwn but is later treated smewhat kindly.
He admires the Lilliputians bravery, since they climb nt his bdy despite his great size. He eventually learns the language f the peple and is allwed his freedm. Gulliver is seen as an enrmusly pwerful frce in Lilliput, and yet he is als viewed as merely anther subject f the Emperr. Gulliver allws this treatment, even thugh it is bvius that he culd kill the Lilliputians easily. His desire t be accepted int Lilliputian sciety is prbably a carry-ver frm his habits in Eurpe; he is used t being the subject f a mnarch and t beying rders, even when the persn giving them is small enugh t fit nt his palm. He is later suppsed t be blinded by the Lilliputians, but escapes t Blefescu, wh are the Lilliputians enemies.
When Gulliver returns t Eurpe he ends up spending mre time with hrses than he des with his wn family. He can nt stand the idea f living with these primitive, ugly, beast-like creatures even thugh he is ne f them. In the end, the reader can nt help but sympathize with Gulliver ver all the turmil he has been thrugh. Gulliver is prtrayed as the sympathetic character in the nvel Gullivers Travels. Swift uses each sciety t criticize the Eurpean ways f life and make the reader feel even srrier fr Gulliver. By the end f his last adventure the reader understands and sympathizes with Gullivers actins.
The reader shuld als understand why he wants t stay with the hrses and nt want t return t his hme in England. He went thrugh s much in all f his jurneys. In the first three scieties he is nt accepted but when he finally finds ne where he is happy in, he is nt allwed t stay. All Gulliver wants is t be happy where he lives and because f his experiences he will never be. Bibligraphy: Bewulf. Geffrey Chaucer.
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Jhn Miltn. Paradise Lst. Jnathan Swift. Gulliver Travels..