Analysis Of ' Grendel ' By John Gardner Essay

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“There are no facts, only interpretations.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. In the Epic poem of Beowulf, Grendel is known to be a scary and evil monster that brings horror to Herot. In the story “Grendel” by John Gardner, Grendel is a innocent creature that is mistake for an monster. Also Grendel is a creature that has emotions and a heart. Beowulf is a monster slayer that comes to Herot to kill Grendel. Beowulf’s aggressive fighting skills are shown when he is engaged in an intense battle with Grendel and ripped his arm off.
The story “Grendel” tell us how Grendel is a monster who has been killing the men in the halls of Herot. This has caused the halls to be closed for over 12 winters. The reason Grendel has been killing the men is because he does not like the noise they make during the night. For example, the warriors of Herot would be celebrating their victories which Grendel could hear and would lead him to killing the men since he didn’t enjoy them celebrating. In the epic poem, “I seize up a sleeping man, tear at him hungrily, bite through his bone-locks and suck hot, slippery blood. He goes down in huge morsels, head, chest, hips, legs, even the hands and feet. My face and arms are wet, matted. The napkin is soaping. The dark floor steams. I move on at once and I reach for another one and I seize a wrist” ( Grander 158). Here, the reader can see that Grendel is being an vicious monster who is eating up the Geats, after eating one he is still hungry for another one. This quote…

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