John Gardner's Role In Grendel

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John Gardner displays Grendel as a very critical and important character in his novel Grendel. In fact, without Grendel the novel in itself would not exist. Through humanistic and animalistic qualities, John Gardner brings out Grendel to have a significant presence in the novel Grendel. From the start of the novel, Gardner is presented as a lonely and dumb creature. He is described to live in a cave that is dark and somewhat spooky. No one talks except for Grendel. Everyone else is described through action. Gardner does this to strengthen the effect of loneliness. Grendel talks about how his own mother would not even talk to him. As well, in the cave, it is dark only lit by a fire which light up the bones of animals devoured for food. Gadner
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