The Tale Of The Monster Grendel Essays

1525 Words Nov 4th, 2015 7 Pages
Themes are an essential element to all works of literature and display as well help unlock greater meaning and intention of the author. Throughout John Gardner’s novel, Grendel, the tale of the monster Grendel in the years before the setting of the famous epic poem, Beowulf, there are many themes that greatly enhance the detail and overall meaning of the story. Throughout the entire novel, Grendel, the themes of the relationship between monsters and humans, the presence and impact of loneliness and isolation, as well as the abundance of discussion of philosophy, theory, and belief, all greatly develop a sense of greater meaning, both obvious and hidden, as well as detail within the story.
One of the main themes displayed throughout the novel was the relationship and impact of monsters and humans, as well as what distinguishes one from being a monster or a human. What distinguishes a monster from a human-like being is depends on the entities’ characteristics and is often relative or dependent on the entity of focus’ point of view. Early on in Grendel, the main character, Grendel, regarded himself to be the normal and intellectual being, and considered men to be the barbaric monsters, often citing their pointless wars civil wars and bloodshed with each other: “...” (Gardner __). The men, however, based on their violent and fatal encounters with Grendel, considered Grendel to be the monster and themselves to be the civilized beings. This shows that, based on each other’s…

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