Similarities Between 'Grendel And Frankenstein'

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Compare and Contrasting Two Monster Stories A monster is a mythical creature with a ferocious physical appearance; it can either be partly animal and partly human. Examples of monster stories are Grendel and Frankenstein. Frankenstein is a story written by Mary Shelley. It is about a monstrous creature that was created and abandoned by its creator. After being abandoned, Frankenstein tries to integrate in the society, but he is completely rejected. On the other hand, Grendel is a story written by John Gardner. The story is about a monstrous character that battles to have a meaning in life and live like the rest of the people. He was confused about his identity and this made him to seek friendship from the people around him, but they rejected …show more content…

First, they were both hideous creatures and this made them different from the rest of the people. Secondly, both Grendel and Frankenstein were bitter creatures who felt lonely and need company, which they could never find. They both were seeking friends in order to escape from their loneliness, but they only got enemies who hated them and even planned to kill them. All they wanted was to live a life like the rest of the people lived, but they were rejected by the people around them. In addition, they were hideous, and for this reason, no one wanted to move closer to them however much they tried to be friendly. Grendel lived alone with his mother in an isolated place because he was not like the other people in the society. Comparably, after Victor created Frankenstein, he left him all alone wandering in the world without any help, and this made him feel lonely. The monsters were alienated because the people considered them as the undesirables of the community because of their monstrous looks. All they wanted was to integrate with the human society; by they were rejected and sent …show more content…

They were seeking to assimilate into the society but they faced rejection and hatred and this turned them into real monsters. Grendel dreamt of associating with King Hrothgar’s warriors and he even went to the mead hall to listen to Hrothgar stories and the heroism of the thanes, but he is turned back by the people and this makes him a vengeful creature. Hrothgar even tried to kill him at some point by chopping him out of a tree, "The king (Hrothgar) snatches an ax from the man beside him and, without any warning, he hurls it at and from them he decided to wreak havoc to their homes (Gardner 27). On the other hand, Frankenstein was able to save a young girl from drowning and took her home, and instead of the family welcoming him and thanking him for the heroic act, they detest him and send him away (Kroeber 30). In addition, when he was seeking asylum a barn, Frankenstein saved the family from starving and harvested their crops, and instead of being grateful, the family sends him away from their land where he had found refuge. The monsters were sent away to the darkest corners of the world without caring about their feelings because; they were only trying to be

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