John Gardner

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  • John Gardner's Grendel: Good Or Evil?

    evil. It 's a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other.” John Gardner’s Grendel also exemplifies this conflict, and there is frequent controversy over whether Grendel is considered evil or not. Grendel is not evil; he is merely led to perform evil deeds due to his absence of self-acceptance, companionship, and communication. To begin with, one reason for Grendel’s tendency to perform harmful actions is his self-loathing. Grendel does not want to live and has no acceptance for himself; he is not at all comfortable in his own skin.…

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  • Theme Of Monstrosity In Grendel

    the ideal portrait of society, John Gardner reveals the true colors of human comradeship; doing so through the characterization of a monster, Grendel. For millennia, authors, illustrators, and artists have opened the portal to an underlying evil world using monsters such as Frankenstein and Dracula. However, these characters may have merely been ugly humans with exaggerated actions, and society has been the heir to their characteristics. In John Gardner 's contemporary novel, Grendel, he…

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  • Is Grendel Good Or Evil

    Evil? Many wonder about the beast of Beowulf and whether he is evil, or just a lonely beast in a world full of humans. The readers, as humans, see the monstrous acts performed by Grendel as cruel and inconsiderate, therefore calling Grendel what he is acclaimed to be, evil. Although, Grendel by John Gardner gives the readers a look on the inside of his life and experiences, told from Grendel himself. There is now a new point of view on the classic epic, showcasing the personal thoughts and…

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  • The In Truth Albert Camus Character Analysis

    Terrible tragedies impact virtuous people every day, seemingly without justification. Although these horrific occurrences have no apparent cause—these people may not have committed a wrongdoing or any otherwise immoral act to deserve such a punishment—they occur anyway, subjecting the unfortunate victims to unfair tragedy. The inability of humanity to find reason behind these unjust events relates to the philosophical school of absurdism, and in particular, the amorality of the universe, a key…

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  • Atheism In Gardner's Grendel, By John Gardner

    imprint on each human being, and each thing that human creates. John Gardner’s Grendel, a reimagining of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, features fundamental philosophical ideas running through its core. In Grendel, Gardner explores topics such as nihilism, atheism, and isolationism to explain his view on the negative aspects of the human experience. Grendel’s overarching theme is the purpose of life. The titular character spends most of the novel determining whether or not he was meant to exist…

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  • Existentialism In John Gardner's Grendel, By John Gardner

    What do you believe a monster is? In the novel Grendel written by John Gardner the main character Grendel is a monstrous creature who for twelve years has slaughtered the people of Hrothgar’s, the king of the Danes, hall. Grendel has grown up alone and has never felt like he belonged anywhere, so when he encountered the humans for the first time he wanted to fit in. After several encounters with them he reached a conclusion that he would wage a war that will last twelve years with them.…

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  • Analysis Of The Story 'Grendel' By John Gardner

    In the story Grendel by John Gardner, Grendel’s last words are “Poor Grendel’s had an accident… so may you all” (Gardner 174). When Grendel said this, he was saying it as a curse to the men who killed him and the animals that were watching him die. Grendel did not always despise men ,but he was fascinated by them as the reader can see when Grendel says,” In time I began to be more amused than revolted by what they threatened” (Gardner 32). Grendel states this after watching the humans for a…

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  • Good And Evil In Grendel, By John Gardner

    Grendel, by John Gardner, offers an alternate perspective to the infamous events of Beowulf. An insight to the mind of a ruthless monster, one that slaughters all in it 's path, with no mercy. But is it that simple? Grendel is complex, composed of layer upon layer of conflicting thoughts and emotions. However, all of the character’s actions seem to imply an evil streak, of various degrees and visibility. Gardner attempts to answer the question: are all things inherently evil, and if this is the…

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  • Grendel: The Paragon Of Evil, By John Gardner

    "He was spawned in that slime, conceived by a pair of those monsters born of Cain, murderous creatures banished by God, punished forever for the crime of Abel's death" (Gardner 6). For centuries, Grendel has been classified as a paragon of evil through his abuse of Hrothgar's kingdom in the Anglo-Saxon tale, Beowulf. There has always been the illusion that Hrothgar's people are innocent and are being attacked by Grendel solely for his own pleasure; however, what if Grendel is truly the innocent…

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  • Character Influences In Grendel, By John Gardner

    Why is it that the influences of others affect characters – and real-life people – as much as they do? In the novel Grendel, by John Gardner, there are four specific characters that had a visibly large effect on Grendel. Of course, every character in the book had some sort of influence on Grendel. In addition, it is clear that his character traits evolved from the beginning of the story to the end. The dragon, Hrothgar, the Shaper, and Beowulf all had a profound effect on Grendel, and they…

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