Essay on Comparison Between Beowulf And Grendel

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The stories of Beowulf and Grendel are very similar in many aspects. There is only one major difference. In Beowulf, we do not know what Grendel is thinking, like we do in Grendel. Both stories portray Beowulf and Grendel as monsters, but they are both actually misunderstood humans, not monsters. Being misunderstood is one of the hardest things to be. Life is too complicated, but “so it goes” (142).
The monsters in Beowulf and Grendel are both presented the same way. In both stories, the monsters are seen as evil, and are the lowest of the low. No one human treats them with any decency. There is one major difference in the two stories. In Grendel, the reader can see what Grendel thinks and why he acts the way that he does. While in Beowulf, we do not understand what Grendel is thinking or why he acts the way that he does. “The monster’s hatred rose higher, But his power had gone. He twisted in pain, and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke. The battle was over, Beowulf had granted new glory” (814-819). Beowulf and Grendel are fighting to death, but the reader does not know what Grendel’s point of view is. The reader does not know why Grendel is making a certain move, or why he fights back, or why he doesn’t just leave. The monsters are both presented the same way as being mean and ferocious, but we understand why in Grendel, but not in Beowulf. Humans in Beowulf and Grendel treat each other horribly. Humans are greedy by nature…

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