Grendel As The Monster In Beowulf

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Philip Reeves ~ Grendel Essay Despite the character Grendel being the “monster“ in the poem Beowulf, the first-person narration of Grendel shows a different side of him that is not portrayed in Beowulf. In both the poem Beowulf and in the noel Grendel, Beowulf was a warrior that was called upon by Hrothgar’s kingdom to destroy Grendel for being a killer. Although this is true about Grendel, what he went through to become his titled “monster” is really explained to the reader in the novel Grendel. Most people reading just Beowulf would think he is a psycho running around killing and eating men. Grendel is not a monster; he just went down the wrong path and was influenced by the wrong type of individuals. . Monster is defined…show more content…
In Grendel, it suggests that he is even more monstrous than Grendel. His build and his characteristics gave Grendel a chill once he saw him for the first time. During the final battle between the two, Beowulf captures Grendel and says, “Observe the hardness, write it down in careful runes. Now sing of walls! Sing!” (Gardner, 171) Instead of killing Grendel immediately for what trouble he has caused to Hrothgar, he decides to embarrass him and torture him because he was given the upper hand. This part of the novel probably makes the reader feel sorry for Grendel, because the excessive force Beowulf was using on him. The way Beowulf handled the situation in the novel, suggest to the reader that he is indeed not a hero. Excessive force can be seen when Grendel says, “And the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke. The battle was over, Beowulf had been granted new glory: Grendel escaped, but wounded as he was could flee to his den, his miserable hole at the bottom of the marsh, only to die, to wait for the end” (Raffel, 50). Instead of killing Grendel civilly, Beowulf decides to rip his arm off, forcing him to die in pain. Even throughout the final battle described in the novel, Grendel is constantly telling himself that he was only losing because of the blood on the floor during the time of his kick. No monster will be concerned about their timing of their kick if their very first nature is to kill, because they would be doing the
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