Analysis Of Grendel 's ' Grendel ' Essay

903 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Grendel is an innately evil demonic beast and his birthright is to be scorned by man as Cain’s evil offspring. As a result of this ostracism, he takes out his fury on the men in Heorot, killing whomever he can as his own form of warped vengeance stemming from a feeling of isolation as a born outcast. Despite Grendel’s misfortunes, which may garner sympathy from some, his actions are not justified by the situation he is in and, even in a violent, revenge-based society, Grendel is still the heartless beast the Danes see him as and his fate was well deserved. When Grendel is first introduced, he is actually described in a slightly sympathetic light. He sits outside Heorot, listening in on the merrymaking within the great mead hall, which he can never be included in. He is distressed “to hear the din of the loud banquet / every day in the hall, the harp being struck / and the clear song of a skilled poet / telling with mastery of man’s beginnings,” and the stories they tell are harrowing to him not only because he is being left out of their camaraderie, but also because he was born to be cast out by not only man, but by God. (Beowulf 87-91). Grendel is among “the banished monsters, / Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed / and condemned as outcasts” (105-07). While the men tell grand tales of God’s splendor, how he blessed the earth and rose man above all, and yet Grendel was not among the blessed purely because he was born as one of the banished monsters, by no fault of…

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