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  • Grendel John Gardner
    456 words
    In the novel Grendel, John Gardners use of the first-person point of view completely alters Grendel from the manifestation of Beelzebub into a keen quasi-human being. This transformation is shown through Grendels feelings toward fellow creatures and enemies. Also, the rational side of this monster is exhibited through Grendels own self-exploration. Grendel displays sympathy for all creatures no matter their rank on the food chain. Suddenly time is a rush for the hart: his head flicks, he jerks, ...
  • Beowulf And Grendel
    624 words
    Beowulf vs. Grendel Beowulf and Grendel are two tales. They share subject matter. They share plot. They share setting and tell of the exact same events, but Beowulf and Grendel have two entirely different themes. Beowulf is an epic poem about the honesty, bravery, and humility that defined the ideal Dane. John Gardner's Grendel, a retelling of Beowulf, is a story about growing up and searching for the answers to "Why" and "How" Gardner shows incredible skill when he writes an entirely different ...
  • Change In Unferth From Beowulf To Grendel
    512 words
    Beowulf: Unferth, the Same Martyr John Gardner introduces the reader of Grendel to an intimate side of Unferth unseen in the epic poem Beowulf. In Grendel we behold what a pathetic, sniveling wimp Unferth has become. In Beowulf all that we see is a jealous bastard. Why did Gardner make the character of Unferth so different from the original depiction? He didn't. The only change in Unferth from Beowulf to Grendel is his realistic characterization in Grendel. After the drunken Danes give Beowulf h...
  • Gardner's Grendel
    563 words
    John Gardner's Grendel gives the character Grendel a personality beyond what is described in the epic Beowulf. The descriptions in this reading outline the emotional characteristics of this creature. The work Grendel fulfills its goal of making Grendel seem more human; however, it falls short of one accomplishment. Regardless of the positive description in the text, Grendel's actions against society, which he committed in the work Beowulf, are certainly not justified. Grendel is decisively evil ...
  • Nihilism And Existentialism In Grendel
    1,720 words
    The debate between existentialism and the rest of the world is a fierce, albeit recent one. Before the "dawn of science' and the Age Of Reason, it was universally accepted that there were such things as gods, right and wrong, and heroism. However, with the developing interest in science and the mechanization of the universe near the end of the Renaissance, the need for a God was essentially removed, and humankind was left to reconsider the origin of meaning. John Gardner's intelligently written ...
  • Monster As Grendel
    981 words
    Beowulf hasBeowulfs Grendel Grendel Beowulf has been a very good and controversial piece of literature since it was first written back in the 14th century. John Gardner, an American author was born in Batavia, New York. Gardner was novelist, epic poet, and a scholar. He was born on July 21, 1933. There he attended local schools and worked on his father's farm. He grew up liking music and literature. Although being drawn to chemistry he decided to go into writ ting, having good grades in English ...

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