Beowulf repaid Grendel with a visit in is cave, where he lay lifeless, and cut off his head. The movie on the other hand is more complex and makes Beowulf seem like a normal person, however a warrior of the finest kind. Grendel is not just a monster; he is a troll whose father was killed by Hrothgar when he was only a child. He was killed because he had crossed paths with the Danes and took a fish. Hrothgar was the only Dane to see the child and decided to spare his life.
Grendel monster personality and attitude subsided into being a innocent kid. This is illustrated by Grendel's cries for mercy, just as if a big brother was bullying. This shows Grendel being weak and scared, which monster should not possessed. This could be seen when Beowulf said “Your bloodletting days are finished, demon.” and in response Grendel says to beowulf “I am not a demon.”(Robert Zemeckis).Another example of Grendel weakness and him being a kid is when he passes in the cave with his mom. Grendel body wither away to a smaller kids size body, as his mom comfort him.
He is carnivorous and feeds on human flesh. He does not seem to have a limit when killing “(…) greedy and grim, he grabbed thirty men from their resting places and rushed to his lair, flushed up and inflamed from the raid, blundering back the butchered corpses” (ll.120-125). Finally, Grendel does not seem to have emotions about those he kills, he is "insensible to pain and human sorrow” (ll.119-120) and he never showed remorse”(l.137). By his beast-like physical appearance, as well as his gruesome actions and his lack of emotions, the monstrosity of Grendel becomes evident throughout the
Grendel simply represent an alternative darker side of humanity, which is reflected in his underwater sea cave. Compared to the dragon, Grendel is more human than monstrous. Grendel represent the dark side of humanity that have simply lost. Whereas, the dragon is truly a monster that human simply can’t relate at
It leads gradually to his increasing isolation (Gardner par. 15 line. 1-2)”. Since Grendel can not talk to his mother because of her speech impairment nor the dragon because of the intelligence gap and the dragon’s dark philosophy he has no one to turn to after his peers and society reject him. This leads his murder spree and eventually his
Grendel shows an animalistic savagery as he destroys carelessly the mead hall, having no consideration for “civilization,” not treating the building as a building, but as another object, which he carelessly demolishes. “…loathsome tread,” “…baleful light,” (Beowulf 725) are descriptions of Grendel which portray how much a horrifyingly anomaly he is to the men. Hygelac’s men and Beow, who had lain in wait of the creature, are now thrown into a rather one-sided battle. Grendel attacked vehemently, “…mauled a man,…bit into his bone-lappings*,..and gorged on him in lumps.” It provides a gruesome insight to what occurred in the mead
Many characters in Grendel define themselves throughout the book. Beowulf spends time glorify his name. Unferth and Beowulf labeled with hero status. Wealtheow spread positivity and displayed her selfishness. The shaper used his imagination to believe in a higher power; on the other hand, the dragon believed in nihilism.
In the story, Grendel attacks the city and demolishes thirty soldiers who lay happily asleep. This symbolizes when a Christian loves God, he will be attacked by Satan. Satan will try every way that he can to divert you away from God, and that is exactly what Grendel did as well. “And sometimes they made vows to the old stone gods, made heathen vows, hoping for Hell’s support, the Devil’s guidance in driving their affliction off.” (Lines 90-93). These lines let us know that evil did prevail over these people.
Not only were the characters in Beowulf powerful, but they all had their own sources of motivation that encouraged them to use it. “Grendel was the name of this grim demon, haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts(line 102- 107). Grendel is considered an outcast, even though he did