Beowulf And Grendal Comparasion

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The novel Grendel depicts a completely different character than that of the one in the epic poem Beowulf. Although in both works, Grendel is understood as an outcast shunned from human kind, he is portrayed in two different perspectives. The reader understands that Grendel in both works is a monster. The reader, however, cannot discern Grendel’s identity beyond the fact that he is some type of monster. This mystery as to what Grendel is, leads to the perspectives represented in both the novel Grendel and poem Beowulf. Beowulf conveys Grendel as an animalistic beast with murderous desires. Grendel is confined to the swamp lands hidden amongst the outskirts of where the humans live. The poem sees Grendel as an outcast descended from evil, “Cain’s clan, whom the creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts.” (Beowulf 106-107) He had adapted the animal instinct to kill anything and everything and does not posses any human characteristics. Grendel is seen as being ferocious and a high threat to Hrothgar. This blood hungry beast is an unsympathetic monster according to the humans and is living evil. The poems views Grendel as being ambiguous about his nature. The novel however, views Grendel as being significantly different from how he was in the poem. Grendel is still thought as being non human, but rather than being monstrous like in Beowulf, he is expressed as being a confused creature. This confused creature strays all over the forest. One day he comes across a doe who is startled by him and scatters away. This upsets Grendel and he says, “Blind Prejudice” (Grendel 7) Ah, the unfairness of everything, I say and shake my head. It is a matter of fact that I have never killed a deer in all my life, and never will.” (Grendel 8) Grendel longs to communicate with someone and be compatible with others. The closest companion Grendel has is his mother,

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