Analysis Of Beowulf 's The Buried Giant And An Old English Epic Poem, Beowulf

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Often times when someone is wronged, they turn to getting even and taking revenge on them in order to fill some higher feeling that is devoid in their life. In the case of Ishiguru’s The Buried Giant and an Old English epic poem, Beowulf, the theme of vengeance while present in both, functions in different ways. In The Buried Giant, it appears that the Britons and the Saxons want to go to war over a fight that is completely outdated, but is just occurring because it is something that they feel obliged to do, in order to signify a real winner. Although in Beowulf, there are multiple instances of vengeance but all involve a deeper passion and a different requirement, one that holds a sense of pride and accomplishment. In both stories it seems that the characters have this underlying need to feel satisfaction through extraneous measures. Vengeance in The Buried Giant revolves around a more built-in, second nature response whereas in Beowulf, it functions more as an obligation that accompanies heroism. For instance, in The Buried Giant, the Saxons and the Britons are placed under a spell that is set in place for them to forget about the previous conflict between the two. Years after being enveloped under this forgetful mist, it begins to fade away and the Saxons seek revenge by initiating a war. Even though many of the warriors may not have been born or were very young when the battles occurred, they still carry this warrior mentality that tells them they need to attack. For…

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