There are many ways to analyze a piece of literature. You can analyze it from a sociological point of view, a historical point of view, or a critical point of view. In the epic Beowulf, the reader must look at the story through a psychological lens. One must look at the psychological aspects of Beowulf’s battles and descents into unknown places. The prince’s actions are subconsciously affected by his childhood and past regrets. Beowulf’s confrontation with Grendel and Grendel’s mother represent the trip into Beowulf’s unconscious mind that is filled with hopes, fears, and secrets. In the epic Beowulf, the great prince of Geat Beowulf travels to Denmark to help king Hrothgar. For 12 years now Hrothgar’s people have been terrorized by an evil monster named Grendel. Beowulf intends to fight and kill Grendel and free the people of Denmark. At night, in the great mead hall Herot, Beowulf fights Grendel alone and bare handed. He defeats Grendel, ripping his arm off and leaving the monster to die a lonely and painful death in his dark cave. Believing that all his problems have been solved, Hrothgar throws a feast in celebration. Unfortunately, there is still one more monster to face: Grendel’s mother. She is enraged at her son’s death and plans on murderous revenge. The night of the feast, while all the men are asleep, she comes into Herot and kills Hrothgar’s most loyal friend. Now, Beowulf must dive into the lake where she lives, swimming deep down to her underwater cave, and he must fight and defeat Grendel’s mother. Beowulf dives down and fights Grendel’s mother, defeating her with a sword made by giants that he found hanging on the wall of her cave. Beowulf emerges from the lake, several hours later, victorious. These two important battles not only represent Beowulf’s greatness as a hero, but they also represent his dive into his subconscious. There are many ways to dive into ones subconscious. Robert Bly describes our subconscious as a “black bag”, where we store the parts of ourselves that we do not want to show to the world. We spend our early years deciding what parts of ourselves to put in the bag, and the rest of our lives trying to get them out again. Eventually, “the substance in the bag takes on a personality of its own”, it de-evolves into barbaric nature. Once we open the bag again, some twenty years later, the aggression escapes as a projection and attacks. What it attacks depends on what we unleash the projection onto. This can be seen in the film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, based off of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In the film, Dr. Jekyll believes that “good and evil are so close as to be chained together in the soul… [and] are constantly fighting one another”, and that when the evil side is in existence, that person “entirely [reverts] to the animal- sly thinking and vile, dangerous and rapacious”. This is proven true when Dr. Jekyll takes a potion and turns into Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde is the side of Dr. Jekyll that has been put away in his “black bag”. He is promiscuous, devious, and malicious. The only way to keep…
their perception, influence mood for the better, and use for relaxation purposes. However, many people have a delusional assumption regarding this drug. This is because they are under the impression that marijuana is harmless; this is not the case. A research conducted by Boothroyd found that the use of the drug impinges on the brain that is responsible for memory consequently causing memory loss (Boothroyd, 127). The drug also affects learning capabilities of the victim as well as the attention span…
Business Research Application Paper
September 24, 2010
Business Research Application
Research is an essential part of the decision-making process. Cooper defines research as, “the process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information, and insights to decision makers in ways that mobilize the organization to take appropriate actions that, in turn, maximize performance” (2011, p. 4). In a school setting, the school board, administration…
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Identifying Improved Methodology to Procure HIT Software Benefits Users
Researchers conducted a study conducted at The University of Utah
Healthcare system (comprising of 3 major hospitals) on the usability of their health
information technology (HIT) software. Evaluators found 60 usability problems and
233 heuristic violations (Guo et al., 2011). Heuristic is defined by Oxford Dictionaries…
8th writing workshop
Nanotechnology: How far can it go and how long
will it take?
Imagine being able to swallow a vial of liquid and have it cure cancer. That
sounds like a pretty strong, expensive medicine, but in fact it is not a medicine at all.
They are tiny little robots that are programmed to pick unhealthy cells and destroy
them but also to use the matter from the destroyed cells to create more tiny robots.
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A look into the Memory Retention: Can stimulants increase a person’s memory? A quantitative research proposal.
For this research proposal, memory will be looked into to see whether a person’s memory can be increased via the intake of stimulants. This quantitative research will then look into whether there are any future benefits in consuming stimulants if memory is found to be increased. There is already research similar in nature…
Research Paper 1
How safe are the government facilities?
Empire State University
Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery
April 01, 2015
Research Paper 2
On March 9th 2015 an email was sent out to every Army…
Research papers are a common type of paper for students to write, especially when they are attending college. These papers require students to perform research, such as utilizing primary and secondary sources to draw new conclusions. For students who have not written this type of paper before, it may seem daunting. There are many free sample research papers online for those who want to see how to structure their paper and other details.Diane Hacker, an author who writes manuals for students writing…
Beowulf as a Type of Christ
In the epic poem Beowulf, Heorot, also known as the “Hall of Hart,” is King Hrothgar’s lavish mead hall where he and his thanes gather to feast and drink. Not only is Heorot the “heart” of Hrothgar’s kingdom and center of Danish society, but it represents a sacred place with a throne. Grendel, the corpse-maker, defiles the sacred space but is unable to approach the throne because he is an outcast of God. A bard “telling the mastery of man’s beginnings,/how the Almighty…
Billions of dollars are spent every year on psychologist, psychiatrist, and counselors only to discover that one of the key elements missing in their child is resiliency. Resiliency for the purpose of this study is defined as the appropriate personality such as strength and positive adaptation that help a person or family cope with stress or life difficulties, increasing the likelihood…