“Beowulf” is an early medieval epic that was written in Old English in the ninth century. This epic was also during the heroic ages, which its sole copy can be dated around 1000, which was a time of rich flowering of Anglo-Saxon literature and learning, which expresses in both Old English and Anglo-Latin poetry. (p.107 Puchner, Martin) After reading the epic of “Beowulf,” I decided to write a character analysis on the notorious character Grendel. This epic reflects twelve years of war with Hrothgar, the country people and himself, Grendel. In analyzing, I will express my thoughts and quotes that reference to Grendel’s appearance, his personality and how others in the epic work view or interact with him.
As I read throughout the epic, “Beowulf”, Grendel’s personality was basically full of hatred and was considered a horrible demon monster. He was a powerful cold hearted monster that slayed individuals in a blink of an eye with no remorse for his actions. He had power of destruction within his soul, while wondering the land and sea. Examples of how the book describes his personality are as followed, “That doom abided, but in time it would come the killer instinct unleashed among in –law, the blood-lust rampant.”/ “Then the powerful demon, a prowler through the dark, nursed a hard grievance.” (p.114, II.83-87)/ “Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the health and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters.” (Pg.114, II. 102-105)
Grendel’s appearance wasn’t really mentioned in this epic. From reading the epic, the story depicts that he was a demon monster that had human characteristics. The story mentions that he was a man beast that l...
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... He outgrappled the monster and his evil kin. ( p.165, II.2347-2353) Grendel had finally been defeated!
In reflecting back to epic “Beowulf”, I conclude that the character Grendel’s personality was basically full of hatred and was considered a horrible demon monster. He was a powerful cold hearted monster that slayed individuals in a blink of an eye with no remorse for his actions. Grendel was both monster and man, one of the families of Cain. Like Cain himself, Grendel was said to be “God-cursed,” and his status as an outcast, cut off from the community of men, makes him seem curiously forlorn, “ spurned and joyless.” There were many other battles that Grendel fight but the most significant one, was when the Prince of Kings didn’t want to send his army in to fight Grendel, so a dragon came forth and brutally defeated him in battle. Grendel had finally been defeated!
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