Upon reading Beowulf, the reader discovers Grendel as seen through the eyes of his terrified victims. King Hrothgar, leader of the Danes, fears his visits: “The renowned ruler, the prince of long famous, sat empty of joy; strong in might, he suffered, sorrowed for his men when they saw the track of the hateful monster, the evil spirit.” Hrothgar would dread the fatal nights when Grendel would dine on human flesh. The ruler understands that Grendel attacks his men out of spite and jealousy (The Two Faces of Grendel, 1). In reading Grendel and Beowulf, one can find many similarities in the way the events occur in the books, however because of contrasting points of view, the reader gets insight on the entire picture from two different sides. This allows the reader to better understand each book and its contents, such as their beliefs and the concept of good and evil, and acknowledge the ways the character Grendel can be described.
Grendel One of the most compelling and highly developed characters in the novel Grendel, written by John Gardner, and the poem Beowulf, written by an anonymous poet, is the monster, Grendel. Even though these pieces show two different sides to Grendel they are similar in many ways. Grendel evokes sympathy toward the hideous monster by making him seem like the victim, while Beowulf portrays him as being the most loathsome of enemies. The reasons behind Grendel’s being, his killing, and finally his death make him one of the most controversial and infamous monsters in literature. Grendel is the man-killing monster that Beowulf portrayed him as being, yet he is also the lonely victim of a judgmental world.
Upon reading Beowulf, the reader discovers Grendel as seen through the eyes of his terrified victims. King Hrothgar, leader of the Danes, fears his visits: “The renowned ruler, the prince of long famous, sat empty of joy; strong in might, he suffered, sorrowed for his men when they saw the track of the hateful monster, the evil spirit. '; Hrothgar would dread the fatal nights when Grendel would dine on human flesh. The ruler understands that Grendel attacks his men out of spite and jealousy (The Two Faces of Grendel, 1). In reading Grendel and Beowulf, one can find many similarities in the way the events occur in the books, however because of contrasting points of view, the reader gets insight on the entire picture from two different sides.
He is this god like warrior, and savior. Stronger than any man, in physical strength, and in faith. In the Poem, Grendel attacks a mead hall, Affectionately named, “Herot”. where all the danish warriors sang, drank, and feasted. Grendel attacks the danes who are asleep in the mead hall, the sound of the danish warriors jubilant activities made him angry, some say it made his blood boil.
“For Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-/Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel... ... middle of paper ... ...e to the hated miscreant. Living a great life, honored, and praised, Macbeth was satisfied however, a high offer to be king had consumed his thoughts and changed his perspective and values. With this, Macbeth developed a far beyond brutishness. Thus, the only aspects of manliness that remained upon him was his loyalty to himself, and the brutality he showed in his desires to kill the king, Banquo, and Macduff’s family. In the end, it was the witches’ prophecies and Macbeth’s strong ambition led to his termination and concluding fate.
This social gathering has started bothering Grendel because he can hear all the noise and happiness coming from the mead hall. This is making Grendel jealous because he is a descendant from Cain, and knows he will never feel happy (106). Grendel goes into the mead hall at night, and he begins killing everyone in there. News of how Grendel is murdering the Danes starts to spread all over. When Beowulf hears about Grendel, he feels that it is his obligation to stop Grendel from killing anymore.
Beowulf’s heroic character appears when the terrorizing of the meat hall, Heorot, is unbearable. All three characters interact and affect the poem in different but major ways. Beowulf is steeped in a pagan tradition that depicts nature as hostile and forces of death as uncontrollable. Blind fate picks random victims and man is never reconciled with the world. Beowulf is a true epic in its amount of interests and empathies, even though it is centered on the calling of one man killing three monsters.
Pinkie, aware of his amoral actions, persists in his evil ways. While the monster attempts to combat his own wretchedness, Pinkie fosters his malice, and these responses display the amount of humanity left in each after their misfortunes. Although both endure similar adversities of bad family backgrounds and society’s prejudices, the monster’s and Pinkie’s different views on companionship and guilt set them apart. Through their inhumane acts, the monster and Pinkie are metaphorically bloodless. Because of this lack of blood, each monster thirsts for the blood of his enemies.
Grendel, the monster terrorizing Heorot, is introduced as being estranged from the rest of the world. He is described as an outsider, a descendant of “Cain’s clan” (107). Grendel’s outcast status leaves him living in darkness, his envy growing the more he hears the celebrations of the Danes. Envy and social status motivate Grendel’s cruelty, filling him with anger towards those who are human. When Beowulf and the Geats arrive, it is not solely out of honor that Beowulf vows to kill the beast.
These attacks make the people and the king fear him. It is obvious that Beowulf is the hero of the poem. Nevertheless, he becomes a hero for killing both monsters and therefore saving the Danes from the attack. Is the good guy the one who kills the alleged enemy or the one who allows them to live? Is this one the bad guy?