Although he is brave in the novel, Grendel in the epic poem is described in being scared and weak on the attack at Meadhall. In the epic poem it says, "Grendel's one thought was to run from Beowulf, flee back to his marsh and hide there" (Beowulf 314-315). This quote explains that the people at Meadhall believed that Grendel was startled by the way the people responded back on his attack. This makes the readers think that Grendel was not confident enough to take the people at Meadhall down because of his fearful view. In this attack from Grendel, in the novel he not viewed as if he was terrified but in the epic poem he was, however, this part of the stories was then lead by his
The first instance where the reader can spot Grendel registering the ideas of nihilism and how he feels about them, is when he comes across “The Shaper;” a man who sings tales about historical battles and events, and therefore shapes them and how they are perceived by the rest. Grendel listens, and “[he] believed him. Such was the power of the Shaper’s harp!” However, as he further inspects what is going on, he has a “sudden awareness of [his] foolishness.” Grendel is able to see that
The dragon and the Shaper have opposing views, as seen when the dragon directly attacks the Shaper’s philosophy when he tells Grendel “That’s where the Shaper saves them. Provides an illusion of reality… it keeps them going - for what that’s worth.” The Shaper represents the idea of systems and poetry. The Shaper receives very little characterization in Grendel, yet the reader is informed that he is physically blind, perhaps blind to rationality. The Shaper wants something greater than humanity as he gives the Danes something to live for, while the dragon appeals to Grendel’s logical side. The dragon is also characterized in a vivid way, compared to the Shaper who is an abstract figure.
The first of these monsters is Grendel. Grendel represented the Anglo-Saxon fear of the night but also the consequence of murdering your own family. The story says “He was spawned in that slime/ conceived by a pair of those monsters/ born of Cain…/ punished forever for the crime/ of Abel’s death…” (“from Beowulf.” ln. 19-23). This quote shows how Grendel was punished by God for murdering family just as Cain did to Abel.
Grendel was a product of evil beings, he had no way to control it or stop it. His ancestors did not pass on any “compassionate traits”, and this is demonstrated through his mother's behaviors throughout the novel. According to the quote a parent's language is a key part to how their offspring will act in the future. Since Grendel’s mom barely even mumbles, this explains why he has amounted to be the evil being everyone thought he
The first major point in Beowulf is when Beowulf kills Grendel. After hearing about the many Danes that Grendel had killed, Beowulf and a group of warriors decide to sail and help the Danish people: “In his far – off home Beowulf … Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror And quickly commanded a boat fitted out, Proclaiming that he’s go to that famous king” (Raffel 194 – 199). This shows that Beowulf is willing and eager to help other countries in
H hated Herod, he would always watch the king, as he would grow old. Grendel also liked sitting around listening to all the tales the shaper would tell. He liked them because he found meaning in them. Even though Grendel had he’s worries that didn’t make him change, he was still evil and cruel. Even when he was dying, he cursed the
John Gardner author of Grendel and an Unknown author of Beowulf wrote these to compare one another into one mega story. Grendel is about a "monster" who has been at war with humans for over 12 years. Over time he became fascinated by the way that humans live. At the end, Beowulf fights Grendel, and Beowulf pulled his arm off, and then runs away. Beowulf is about how the Danes built a great mead hall to gather and Grendel came and ruined it, killing a lot of the Danes in the process.
In the final winter of the war, Grendel and his mother begin feel dreadful about something of unknown origin, and his mother tries to warn him about the future but cannot get out her warning, only saying “Warrovish,” which Grendel later translates to “Beware the fish.” Fifteen men called Geats arrive, and they are led by a mysterious man, Beowulf. Grendel follows them to the mead hall and becomes increasingly intrigued by Beowulf. When everyone falls asleep, Grendel bursts in, only to find them all asleep. He decides to eat them and after devouring the first man and moving onto the second, he finds that Beowulf wasn't asleep. Beowulf defeats Grendel with his bare hands, ripping his arm off.