Point of view is an essential component of Grendel because it gives us a perspective of how Grendel sees the world. Having the ability to view the story from the eyes of Grendel gives the reader insight into how Grendel thinks, how he sees people, and how people see him. The first person point of view in Grendel reveals a deeper understanding of how isolation can shape one’s existence and change them over time.
Grendel and the monster Frankenstein are contradictory in their individual philosophies and actions, although they are both isolated and lonesome, they come from different origins, think differently, and take significantly different actions, and their very fates were catastrophically no unique.
The gothic fiction novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley centralizes on humanity and the qualifications that make someone human. The content of the novel Frankenstein depicts a monster displaying human traits that his creator Victor does not possess: empathy, a need for companionship, and a will to learn and fit in.
In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley there are many allusions. One of the main allusions was to a mythical character named Prometheus. The subtitle of the book is called, The modern Prometheus which is a reference to the Greek Titan Prometheus. Prometheus was a god of forethought and was given the task of creating mankind out of clay. After he created the man out of clay Athena would breath life into it. Prometheus tries to steal fire so that the mankind he created could prosper, learn and discover new things. Prometheus then gets punished by Zeus for his theft, Similar to how Victor Frankenstein spends his time trying to bring old body parts back to life, ultimately creating the monster that he abandons. Shelley’s allusion to Prometheus
In the books Grendel by John Gardner, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and Animal Farm by George Orwell, Grendel, The Monster, and The Sheep are victims of their birth which they can’t help because they were born that way. They are forced to deal with obstacles that they can overcome or not.
In Frankenstein, the monster tells his story to Frankenstein, starting as a confused and innocent monster that observes a family, desiring domestic affection. As the story proceeds, the behavior he demonstrates can be compared to Grendel, as both monsters exist in a society that ignores their existence and finds them frightening based on their monstrous and inhuman appearance. No matter how much times the monster and Grendel attempt to reach out to humans, they are “kicked away,” realizing their grotesque characteristics. Both characters struggle to find a place in society, as well as find respect from humans.
Monsters are described as big, ugly, no-feelings creatures. They are also described as creatures of hell or creatures that are not acceptable in the society. This is disagreeable, not all monsters are ugly, and some monsters do have some feelings. The monster Grendel, in the book Grendel by the author John Gardner, shows that he is sensitive and has human's feeling traits even though he is a monster. Different events in the book, prove that the monster is impressionable and afraid.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and John Gardner’s Grendel have numerous similarities, despite being published one hundred and fifty years apart from each other. The monster, in Frankenstein, and the beast, in Grendel, are both named appropriately since their appearances are frightening and cause them to be isolated from society. They are similar in the sense that they each seek companionship to end their loneliness, and they both kill to relieve their pain.
Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery, translated by Dick Ringler, utilized the dark and the ominous to foreshadow or to portray the impending savagery of mankind. Darkness could be defined either by the absence of light or by the lack of intellectual enlightenment. The monstrous creatures are shrouded within the darkness or associate with the ominous. Throughout Beowulf the theme of violence and darkness are intertwined, which is manifest by correlating the darkness with the unknown through Grendel. The unknown generate fear among the mass through their inability to control and understand the existence of inhuman beings. Therefore, ultimately resulting in the use of violence and brutality to restore order and peace once again.
The novel Grendel, by John Gardner circumstances around a cynical beast, Grendel. Grendel is a beast whose sole priority is to destroy mankind. However, John Gardner adopts Grendel, an inhuman monster, to simply depict the flaws in men. Furthermore, Grendel also represents the destructive nature of greed and jealousy that pertains to all humans. Although Grendel is depicted as a nihilistic beast, John Gardner creates instances in which the reader sees heroicness and benevolence in Grendel, ultimately showing the correlations between Grendel and mankind.
1. What exactly makes Grendel a monster? The story of Grendel promotes both sympathy and empathy to the reader, instead of the idea of him being a monster from the perspective of Beowulf. With Grendel narrating the story, his behavior and thought processes can be logically explained and justified. Grendel and
An eye for an eye or the law of retaliation is the principle most people live their lives by. For the characters in Frankenstein, this concept is apparent as the main character, Victor, creates a monster and instantly abandons him which sets off the chain of events revolving around revenge. However, as Gandhi once stated, “an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind” (Gandhi). Throughout the novel, the creature and Victor engage in a recurring cycle of vengeance, but these acts of revenge are bittersweet as in the end it destroys both of them. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reveals how revenge consumes and destroys those who surrender to it.
Today, it is normal for filmworkers to change many stories and adapt them to a more modern audience. In the modern 2005 film Beowulf & Grendel (Gunnarsson) there are many changes to the epic poem of Beowulf (Heaney). Many of these changes can be seen throughout all characters, but Grendel’s by far one of the most different.
Exile was prevalent in both the story and the movie of Beowulf. Per the movie, Grendel and the Dragon where exile. According to the movie Grendel and the Dragon shared the same mother, but both did not had a father or a father figured in his life. Sadly as they matured, they were shelter from society, and people sought them to be a beast. However, depending how you look at the situation it could be biblically or biologically.