The shaper used his imagination to believe in a higher power; on the other hand, the dragon believed in nihilism. Grendel, who could not find his purpose, searched for the higher powers. John Gardner portrayed Grendel as a person who depends on others. Grendel's ignorance created further tensions. In Grendel, the isolation that Grendel endures creates friction between mankind.
Moreover, was still bored he wanted to be in an epic battle since no one could match him. This changes in chapter 9, when the monster sees a group of men arrive, one of them extremely strong which made Grendel have two emotions. For instance, “I could drop into trance with those shoulders. He was dangerous. And yet I was excited, suddenly alive”(155).
The monster has realized that he cannot be accepted into the world because of his looks and Nathan believes that God despises him for being a coward. Nathan gives up his life for redemption and the monster for revenge. Each one is looking for something in their life that will change how they feel
For example Grendel attacked the city not just for game, but because he was stressed and in pain. The dragon wasn’t actually just a dragon; he was a troubled child. Grendel became a whole new character in the movie. Grendel went from being an evil monster, who kills for recreation, into a poor agitated creature. Grendel had an exposed eardrum that caused him pain, and it worsened when the citizens were being loud.
Victor would stop at nothing to finish his project and became so obsessed that he was isolated from his family and friends. His way of collecting lifeless matter for his creation is unethical and morally wrong. Eventually, he is punished for his actions: “I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body.” (pg.56) Additionally, extreme devotion to the building of his creation caused Victor mental distress due to the fact that he neglected his own needs in order to work exclusively on the creature: “I had deprived myself of rest and health.” (Shelley 56). This is the reason that Victor did not realize he had gone too far until it was too late. Once victor brings the creature to life, he immediately realizes the hideousness of what he has done: “Now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (Shelley 56).
Anxiety, like Grendel causes you to feel alone, attacks innocent people, and creates jealousy of others happiness. Grendel has been isolated into darkness, causing him to be miserable. For example, “A powerful monster, living down in the darkness, growled in pain,” he chooses to isolate himself from all people because he is a coward (lines 1-2). Grendel represents that Anglo-Saxon theme stating that without companionship, one cannot survive. When confronted in a battle with Beowulf, he becomes fearful, weak, and
What caused the creature to lose faith in humanity was, after several attempts of doing good, he was repaid with rejection because of how terrifying he looked. These events lead to him wanting revenge, so he decided to go on a merciless rampage against any humans who crossed him as he traveled to find Victor, his creator. Unfortunately for Victor, someone very close
Despite all these forces, external conflicts like monsters and temptation hinder Odysseus’s journey more than internal forces do. Monsters cause a hindrance to Odysseus and every time they confront these creatures they are faced with death and downfall which delays them even more. As Odysseus was deceiving Polyphemus, the Cyclops, about how they stumbled upon the island, Polyphemus
He actually prays for the opportunity to get his hands on the monster so he can kill him himself. Victor’s desire for the monsters life to come to an end becomes an internal need and obsession. Victor vows that he will do everything in his natural power to destroy his monster: “My rage is unspeakable… I have but one resource; and I devote myself, either in my life or death, to his destruction” (148). Victor has gone mad with the idea that he must destroy this monster, which he devotes his life to doing. His own creation, the monster, has caused him countless melancholy feelings, and it has pushed him to the brink of insanity.
Hatred is a strong emotion that can overtake anyone at any given time. This capability leads many on a path of ruin and destruction, which is greatly portrayed through Grendel in John Gardner’s Grendel. Grendel, a destructive feral being, is taught in nihilism, which gives him the ideology of being superior over all living things (except the dragon), and it is because of this superiority complex that he begins a reign of terror over Hrothgar and his kingdom because of his disdain for humanity. His disdain for humanity stems from the humans senseless violence against one another and their lack of restraint against nature One of Grendel’s many reasons for hating humans is that they wreak senseless havoc upon each other. Grendel often watches humanity as it advances and notes patterns that he see as humanity goes in number and power, one being wars and
Similarly, after the De Laceys beat the monster, he feels there are “none…men that existed who would pity or assist” him, causing him to “declare everlasting war against the species” (122, Shelley). Because the monster experiences violence rather than nurture, he turns violent against mankind. The violence from the De Lacy family causes the creature to “feel anger, then a desire for revenge, and finally a violent severing from all that is human” (Mellor). This exhibits violent recurrence that arises as nurture is replaced by violence. This violence leads to murderous actions.
At this part of the story Dave was trying to come tell him that his father had passed away in combat, but he was too afraid to hear him say the words that he didn 't let him and just beat Dave up. While reading the suspense of how badly the boys wanted to beat Dave up was a release of anger and fear, which is terrifying in the position of
The longer they live on the island, their society turns chaotic: No one obeys the regulations set into place and most of them do not take their predicament as serious as they should. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies demonstrates that man has a natural tendency to be violent and to desire power. Man’s suppressed urges to be violent is exposed when faced with threatening obstacles. Roger drops a boulder on Piggy and in an instant, both Piggy and the conch are crushed; Jack then
Grendel and Frankenstein Paper Grendel, the savage beast from John Gardner’s Grendel, and the Monster, the murderous creation from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, seek companionship but ultimately turn to violence when they are rejected, suggesting that all beings need love. Although the two actively seek it, companionship eludes Grendel and the Monster, leaving them terribly alone and desiring someone to love and be loved by. The most notable example is his reaction to laying eyes upon Wealtheow, where he practically falls apart inside with lust. He “could see [himself] leaping from [his] high tree and running on all fours through the crowd to her, howling, whimpering, throwing myself down, drooling and groveling at her small, fur-booted feet”
Now, whenever Rainsford even thinks about hunting, he will be reminded of this traumatic experience and will not hunt. A final reason that Rainsford will not hunt again because he is traumatized is, when he thought about what the General would do to him, he got really scared. Whenever Rainsford thought about what the General would do, it would send “ a shudder of cold horror throughout his whole body” (Connell 33). He is traumatized because he doesn 't know why the General would do something like this people just for fun. Rainsford will never hunt again because of all the traumatizing experiences he faced while being on the