Grendel in the novel is very different from the monster in Frankenstein because Grendel wants to and enjoys to humiliate and kill people, the monster in Frankenstein wants to be able to socialize with people without them getting frightened by his appearance. They are alike because they are both alone, they both frighten people with their looks, and they are not welcome in the human world. Grendel in the novel knows he is a fright to people, he is danger. He doesn’t seem to have a problem with that, but at the same time is not proud of it, either. He does like the pain of others, preferably king Hrothgar and his men.
In the novel Grendel by John Gardner, written in 1971, there are numerous concepts of the human nature portrayed and discussed. With the progression of the novel, the humans become develop to be described as increasingly careless, vicious and futile. Starting with Grendel 's first encounter with the humans to the death of the protagonist, Gardner illustrates an unusual view of the humans and their interactions with one another. Grendel begins as a creature similar to the people he observes, with many shared characteristics and thoughts, even though not all of the their actions are understood. His lasting wish is to be accepted into their society, as they accompany each other and he suffers of loneliness.
In the poem Beowulf, there is a contrast between good and evil. This distinction is presented through the monsters Grendel and his mother, in parallel to the hero Beowulf. The themes of evil and monstrosity are therefore used in the story, as a way to create the notion of Grendel and his mother as monsters. Beowulf therefore appears as a character representing good. Although Beowulf shows traits of abnormal power, like Grendel and his mother, his motifs are interpreted differently.
Yin &Yang With different time periods comes different cultures. In the 1920’s we had flappers, jazz music, and the Harlem Renaissance. In the present day, we have pole dancers, rap music, and the legalization of gay marriage. While the general ideas of the cultures are quite similar, the actual subjects of interest change as the time and the way people think continues to change and grow.
Grendel remains in an inner conflict with his beliefs throughout the entire story. He is directed by two compelling desires in which play a role in introducing him to the divergences between good and evil. The Shaper convinces him with his meaningful music, whereas the dragon persuades him through his ideology of nihilism. Both the Shaper and the dragon play a part in influencing his views on the human society.
The monster in Beowulf, known as Grendel, is a representation of human fear, hatred, and impulse. On page 44, the narrator states, " He found them sprawled in sleep, suspecting nothing, their dreams undisturbed... He slipped through the door and there in the silence snatched up thirty men, smashed them..." Because the Anglo Saxons mainly lived on the coast of England, they feared that vikings or some other enemy will come attack them in the middle of the night. Grendel, this excerpt is a reflection of that fear,where Grendel is the enemy.
In the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, there are many different themes that one may find. I believe that one of the most important themes in this book is humanization and acceptance. One of the main qualities that us humans have and what separates us from many other species is what connects us to one another our feelings. Most species are fighting everyday just to live, but we live our life through our emotions. We want to be wanted and accepted, have companionship, friendships, and a partner to spend our life with.
From the emergence of literature and arts to contemporary times, monsters have served a dual purpose of both inciting fear and awe. This duality is reflected through the vastly different reactions of humans to the presence of monsters. For the young, depictions of horrific creatures often haunt their dreams, creating feelings of anxiety and terror in times of loneliness. Adults, conversely, frequently dismiss the notion of exotic beings, but rather imagine the dejected and deplorable of society as true “monsters”. The latter distinction is critical; Jeffery Cohen in his work “Monster Culture (Seven Theses), presents an intriguing claim that monsters represent their cultural body, specifically the context in which they were conceived or have
Finally, the last women role in Beowulf’s poem is the Grendel's mother monster. The poet describes her as an evil, dangerous, scary, masculine, and the monstrous woman in the mead-hall. “She is also referred to using a term always used in reference to female humans, never animals, and usually reserved for noble women: ides. The use of this term indicates that Grendel's mother, though she is in some way cursed by God, and monstrous, is nevertheless a human.” (Porter)
His “weapon” was his appearance itself, a walking creature with other ruin human body parts that made him up. On the contrary of similarities, like everything else, these monsters portrayed characteristics that differed them from each other such as the fact that Frankenstein was horrid on the outside but very soft and emotional on the inside. He defiantly knew what it felt like to be talked down on and feel the pain from it. Grendel was not very emotional, he carried himself to be very strong and uplifting in himself. Despite their differences, Grendel and Frankenstein are both similar in the way that they were both greatly feared by their surrounding people.
Jekyll and Frankenstein bring out monsters that cause catastrophe in their own worlds. Both Dr Jekyll and Frankenstein explore the catastrophic results of overreaching. Shelly portrays the effects a negative environment can have on The Monster whilst Stevenson sates all humans must endure the battle of duality between good and evil. Jekyll and Victor’s intentions are well intended but are lost into the abyss of their prior motivations. The Monster proved that he had compassion whereas Hyde demonstrated pure evil.
One of the differences between Frankenstein and Edward Scissorhands is that in Edward Scissorhands Edward was accepted into the community, while in Frankenstein the monster was made to feel like a villain. It is shown in Edward Scissorhands when an Avon lady took him home to live with her family. The moment she arrives at her house with Edward everyone wants to know who he is and they all want to make friends with him. While in Frankenstein the monster is treated like he is an animal. This is shown when he is in the cabin with Agathe and Felix rocks up and threatens to shoot the monster.