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  • Alienation In Grendel

    Gardner plays with the themes of alienation and detachment in Grendel to great effect, reaching out to an audience that can identify with those ideas on a universal level. There is an intentional emotional appeal on Gardner’s part here; he purposely puts the reader into Grendel’s head, and harps on the fact that many readers will empathize with that struggle against a hostile world, particularly younger (teenaged) ones. In fact, from the very start of the novel, Gardner ensures that the audience is aware that Grendel is nothing more than lost and alone, and continues to develop the character with an essential sympathy for human nature and a yearning for interaction with them. Grendel fiercely wants to believe in the Shaper’s stories, despite being antagonized by the humans, and is even disappointed when Unferth fails to display the humans’ often preached of heroic ideals, expressing, “So much for heroism. So much for the harvest-virgin. So much, also, for the alternative visions of blind old poets and dragons…” (Gardner 90). It is far from a portrayal of a creature who is evil for evil’s sake. Gardner shows that Grendel is a conflicted, complex, and nuanced being, whose motivations are steeped in empathetic emotions. Because of that, Farrell compares Gardner’s Grendel to characters like Holden Caulfield; a pop culture symbol for rebellion and societal misfits (Farrell). Anyone who has ever been young and…

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  • Grendel Character Analysis

    In the novel Grendel by John Gardner, it tells the story of the epic poem of Beowulf, but from the “behemoth’s” point of view. This story gives a more sympathetic and altered portrayal of the creature known as Grendel. Grendel is speaking for himself and using empathy for his pain. It gives the reader the question of who the real evil in the world is, whether it is Monster or Men. In the beginning of the novel, Grendel is a misunderstood creature. He sees himself as similar to humans, but is…

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  • Challenges In Shakespeare's Grendel

    obstacles faced can be either physical or mental and are found in today 's everyday life, the poem Beowulf and the story Grendel. Mental obstacles come in many different shapes and sizes, in real life or through a story. Anxiety and depression are common obstacles among most people in today 's society. These two obstacles are nearly impossible for some, not all, to overcome. In the novel Grendel, the main character Grendel faces a huge mental obstacle throughout his life that can…

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  • The Alliteration Of Grendel In Beowulf

    extract is from Beowulf the poem. Grendel is described as a man-eating demon; the assumption is that he is in the form of a human he is Cain’s kin. While it is not clear if he is in human form possessed by a demon the above lines show that he is not loved by the Lord and is defined a monstrous evil who stalkers the marshes for human flesh. Monsters were not considered favored by the gods and thus were exiled to live alone in places that human could not inhabit. However, at times, they did…

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  • Authorial Influence In Grendel And Beowulf

    Authorial Influence in Writing™ The author of Grendel, John Gardner, made the argument for Grendel being a hero better than the Beowulf author because he portrays discipline, honor, and improvement. Throughout the writing Grendel tries to better himself, the author makes Grendel more noble as a result. Grendel has amazing discipline. He has all the potential to be a ruthless killer, but he restrains himself. Simple proof of this is “I have never killed a deer in all my life and never will,”…

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  • Grendel As An Epic Monster In Beowulf

    In this epic poem there are characters which bring the poem alive. In the poems of Beowulf there were the epic hero and the dangerous monster. Grendel represents the epitome of an antagonist because he is an outcast, vicious, and cunning. Throughout the first poem, we learned how Grendel is an outcast. Grendel was a loner, hated, and feared by all men. [A powerful monster, living down in the darkness, growled in pain, impatient.](Beowulf, pg42) This showed us how Grendel was alone and in pain…

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  • The Similarities Between 'Grendel And Beowulf'

    see things, what they believe. The monster Grendel is mentioned in the novel Grendel and the epic poem Beowulf, but the character is depicted differently. The two stories have different points of view on the fiend: one personal or intimate, and the other more objective, traditional to a legend. The character differs on the subjects of being loved, questioning the origin of the monster, and being a mindless killing machine. In both Grendel and Beowulf, the concept of Grendel being loved is…

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  • Grendel: The Threats Of The Epic Of Beowulf

    Once upon a time, in a far away land, a child named Grendel was conceived. He was a misunderstood child. He was born abnormally large. As a result, his father wanted to get rid of his “demonic” child. He had to find a way to get rid of Grendel without Grendel’s mother finding out. He decided to throw the baby off a cliff in the middle of the night while Grendel’s Dam (mom) was asleep. He took the baby to the edge of the cliff, and just as he was about to abort the baby, he heard a harrowing cry.…

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  • Grendel And Beowulf Comparison Essay

    It's a commonly known fact that almost all movies originated from books, and this is absolutely the case with Beowulf the epic poem, which was translated into a movie. However although the poem and the movie are dramatically different, there are still some similarities in both characters Beowulf and Grendel that hold true in the epic and the movie. The author of Beowulf shows that Grendel is an evil and demonic, devilish creature that is cursed by God, whereas Beowulf is fearless and heroic- a…

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  • Similarities And Differences Between Beowulf And Grendel

    Beowulf, Grendel Compare and contrast. In story telling there are often two sides to the story such as how it is shown throughout Beowulf and Grendel. Beowulf is a story from the viewpoint of the danes and favors them in their story, but in Grendef it is in favor of the young monster named Grendel. In this paper I will talk about the similarities and differences between the two stories, Beowulf, which is a book about a mighty hero that sets out to slay monsters and Grendel, which is the same…

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