The Odyssey And Beowulf : Character Analysis

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Stories often teach values within societies. They use the heroes and protagonists to exhibit respectable social behavior, and villains and antagonists as a way to clearly mark certain behaviors as poor social etiquette. Through the use of extreme behavior that identifies a character as immoral, other behaviors that are exhibited are reinforced as distasteful and frowned upon by the society and culture. Without explicitly stating the rules, people are shown the correct and incorrect behaviors. Within The Odyssey and Beowulf, two characters clearly violate social norms by invading spaces that no one invited them into. The suitors and Grendel both demonstrate what each society considers poor social behavior and highlights the importance of …show more content…

Their actions are what define them as avaricious and Grendel is also greedy in his actions. On lines 121-123, “the God-cursed brute was creating havoc: / greedy and grim, he grabbed thirty men / from their resting places and rushed to his lair”. It’s his jealousy that drives him to violence and later to greed as he continues his violent acts. “Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark, / nursed a hard grievance. It harrowed him / to hear the din of the loud banquet” (86-88). Grendel abhorred the activity and noise of the banquet and wanted to disrupt and ruin it, which he did by killing an inordinate amount of people. He is excessive in achieving his goal, which implies that greed drove him to the levels of unwarranted violence that occurred. Simply causing a tragedy with one death wasn’t enough, he needed to keep the people in misery and pain in order to satisfy his own selfish desires. His greed causes violence that further codes him as a villain. These acts of violence, especially killing a person. Murdering is typically seen as negative behavior when it is in circumstances that do not warrant the death of an individual. There are times when causing the death of another is acceptable, but if that person in an innocent then it is frowned upon. “But the suitors are devising another one greater by far / And more disastrous… / They are eager to murder Telemachus

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