Beowulf

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categorie: Engleza

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Although people generally fit into the social order there are those among us ("Others") who are alienated by diverse characteristics not familiar to a certain society. This interpreted quote by Foucault implies both the physical and mental differences that separate those who lived in clans and those who were outcasts. Most people lived in single family homesteads and were organized around a lead[...]
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Although people generally fit into the social order there are those among us ("Others") who are alienated by diverse characteristics not familiar to a certain society. This interpreted quote by Foucault implies both the physical and mental differences that separate those who lived in clans and those who were outcasts. Most people lived in single family homesteads and were organized around a leader. As in the case with the dragon, which we see as a monster, might have actually been an outsider with whom others could not relate.

Such a person could be either of a different race or of deformed nature and probably had a different mindset then most members of the community. With the dragon his looks were unacceptable to the public and he had a greedier demeanor by hoarding his treasures. This last part is particularly not acceptable since leaders and people with wealth were supposed to give gifts to their followers.

Most people fashion themselves based on an established norm or in other cases by being the converse of the established outsider. Utilizing Greenblatt's quote we can infer that peopled prided themselves in being part of a close knit clan and despised those "Others" who did not follow suit. Grendel, who was always the outsider due to his hereditary background, is an easy person for people to define themselves against. His solitude, cannibalism, cowardice, and ancestry prove him to be the antithesis of the Anglo-Saxon culture. This person in society may have been a descendant from a once abandoned member of society that most exemplified these traits.

Even if there is scrutiny among familiar peoples there will always be an outcast ("Other") to which blame can be placed upon. Kamp's quote sheds light on the fact that not all people are perfectly molded to fit into society, and that they use these insecurities to place even more fault on those who are outsiders. In doing this the people can maintain social equality among themselves and keep the outsiders from fitting back into society. When Beowulf came to Hrothgar's mead-hall he was challenged by Unferth's disbelief in his abilities.
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