Grendel Critical Reading Analysis Essay
Chapter 1: Aries, the Ram.1. What does Grendel's relationship with nature -- the ram, the sky, grass, the doe, the baby bird, owls, and wolves -- reveal about his own personality?2. Quote the various phrases Grendel uses to describe himself. What do they reveal about his self-image and how it was developed?3. What is the significance of the scene wherein Grendel challenges the "dark chasms"?4. What does Grendel mean when he speaks of "playing cat and mouse with the universe"? What does it mean to "see all life without observing it"?5. Describe Grendel's mother and his relationship with her.6. From Grendel's point of view, what is man?
Chapter 2: Taurus, …show more content…
Chapter 5: Leo, the Lion.1. Why does Grendel visit the dragon? What does the dragon tell him about himself and about the "word"?2. How does the dragon's mind differ from Grendel's and from men's?3. From the dragon's point of view, what is man? What is man's mind?4. How does the dragon explain the role of the Shaper?5. Explain the following statements made by the dragon:a. "Knowledge is not cause."b. "Connectedness is the essence of everything."c. "The essence of life is to be found in the frustrations of established order."d. "Novel order (is) a primary requisite for important experience."e. "Importance is derived from the immanence of infinitude in the finite."f. "Expression is founded on the finite occasion. It is the activity of infinitude impressing itself on its environment."6. In his attempt to explain the difference between Importance and Expression to Grendel, the dragon uses the examples of the difference between vegetables and animals and the difference between an angry man and a rock. Explain.7. How does Grendel "improve" men?8. What is the dragon's ambition? His final advice? His motto?9. How is Grendel "caged in a limited mind"?
Chapter 6: Virgo, the Harvest Virgin.1. How is the dragon's charm a