Grendel And Beowulf Comparison Essay

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Fernando Chino Mr. Bayer GRENDWULF The epic poem, Beowulf, told a story of an invincible hero who travels the sea to fight villains in the 11th century. His most infamous foe was the terrible Grendel. This inhuman abomination was huge creature with the ability to crush human bones and tear ligaments in the blink of an eye. They meet in Hrothgar’s kingdom, where Grendel terrorizes the townspeople and the royalty. After many brave warriors fall to Grendel, Beowulf is the next one chosen to fight this plague. Both of them are caught in a tremendous battle where Beowulf comes out victorious. Centuries later a novel written by John Gardner was published telling the story from Grendel’s point of view. In both pieces of literature Beowulf and Grendel are described as two different mythological icons who share a world. The epic poem and novel are contrasted by how the authors use of different characteristics, different point of views and how the theme of…show more content…
In the novel, Grendel, Grendel uses the first person point of view. This allows him to tell the story in his own words. The reader no longer has to rely on the narrator for the truth. Grendel explains himself in how he sees the certain situation. For example in the novel, the great fight between Beowulf and Grendel is told quite differently. One big aspect of the battle that stands out is what Beowulf whispers to Grendel during the fight. Beowulf, ironically being strong and full of honor, attempts to whisper humorous statements to Grendel. He states, “ Grendel, Grendel! You make the world by whispers second by second. Are you blind to that? Whether you make it a grave or a garden of roses is not the point. Feel the wall: is it not hard? Hard, yes! Observe the hardness, write it down in careful runes. Now sing of walls!Sing!” In Beowulf uses the third person point of view so you can tell what is really going on throughout the

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