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The Differences Of Revenge In Beowulf And Iliad

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Vengeance or revenge is defined as a punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong. Vengeance could be classified as a form of justice at times. And is seen through Beowulf and Iliad. In Beowulf, it seen through numerous characters. Revenge is a unique emotion in which is can be very motivating to accomplish a certain task, to serve for justice. In Iliad, Achilles using the feeling of Revenge to complete his journey. Comparing the two stories, vengeances is shown in both, and both stories have a unique way of related the events of the story to the events and the culture and society at the time the stories were written.
Beowulf:
In Beowulf revenge is seen as a motivating factor through Grendel’s mom. Grendel is one of the monsters that is introduced in the poem, but he seeks vengeance on mankind for the heritage that he has been given. Herot is known for joy, success, glory, and in good standing with God. Grendel envies such a lifestyle and he is alone and see the world and their lifestyle and pointless and would love to end the joy and happiness seen in Herot due to the unfairness of the lifestyle he has been living to those in Herot. Therefore Grendel goes a a murder rampage, to make it fair, and express his emotions. Hrothgar than wants revenge to for the lives that Grendel took. I think this is the prime example that foreshadows the ongoing conflict of opposing view, that proves that the can not peacefully live among each other due to the fact the
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