Response to Breyanna Breyanna
I must confess that your ideas are rather reliable and correct. I do agree with the notion that Beowulf is depicted in bright and courageous tones through all the cognominal work. The reader sees him as a brave person who is ready to struggle for his nation and land. In your work you mention, “the narrator basically said that no one else could compare their strength to the great power that was instilled in Beowulf when it came to battle.” Such observation is rather relevant and I consider the depiction of Beowulf as a person who really does not afraid to fight and is ready for any struggle.
One idea that embarrasses me is your remark about the narrator’s regard of Beowulf as a predominantly positive figure with the best features of character. In your work you argue that the narrator “praised him in the highest regard”. I suppose that Beowulf’s depiction acquires different characteristics that may be viewed from different perspectives.
The author writes “never, having drunk, slew / his hearth-companions; a troubled heart was not in him” (Beowulf, 1179-1180). To my mind, Beowulf is depicted as an adamant and rigorous person who is able only for the fight and war. As for the warrior, such features may seem positive and appropriate as for a ruthless struggle such characteristics are significant and essential. On the other hand, Beowulf may be regarded as a fighting machine that is unsuitable for other affairs. Such an indication may be perceived as contradictory and ambiguous.
Also, fearlessness and absolute courage give Beowulf all the desired results. He does win a dragon and accomplishes his goal. The matter is that he must pay his life for that victory, but such fee has not stopped Beowulf, as his task has been to protect his land and its citizens.
All in all, Beowulf is regarded as a bravest figure in this creation. That character is considered to be a real fighter with a big strength and force. Still, such specific features reduce his human characteristics and made this hero look like a struggling device in some moments.
Response to Megan
I should admit that your ideas are rather convincing and due to the topic. The method that is used by the Wife of Bath remains to be a clever and effective one. Betrayal is a thing that percepts completely hard and hurts a person deep inside. This woman is considered to be strong and independent. You argue that her fourth husband is not “as pliable to her command as her previous three spouses”, that is why she exploits various methods of control under him.
You write “instead of confronting her husband about his love interest, she creates the idea of her own adultery, and convinces her husband that she is cheating on him”. I must mention that it is an absolutely accurate and reasonable step. Her decision to take revenge and punish her husband is completely tricky and wily, but it is undoubtedly thought-out and pondered a solution.
She chooses such an insidious way in the execution of her revenge and expressing her anger. Wife of Bath remains to be an offended woman; still, her sexual morality stays clean. This woman does not commit betrayal. She just plays a trick with her unfair husband “Not of my body, in no foul manner, But certainly, I treated folk in such a way” (Chaucer, 485-486). The wife of Bath stays fair in front of his husband due to all moral perspectives. The matter is that he has no right to know about it. The sexual morality of this lady remains to be high and fair what gives the readers a chance to respect her. Still, it is worse to mention that her chastisement under her fourth husband has been ruthless and merciless.
All in all, the Wife of Bath remains to be a vigorous lady with a strong character and a sensitive soul. Her control under her husbands does not always lead to good implications. The fourth one keeps a lover on the side and pays for that painfully. Her methods are austere but rather effective; moreover, we can add that this man obviously deserves such punishment and provokes it by himself.
Beowulf. 20 August 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.heorot.dk/beo-ru.html
Chaucer, G. The Wife of Baths. Retrieved from: http://sites.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/teachslf/wbt-par.htm