In 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, a third grade teacher named Jane Elliott conducted an experiment with her class. This experiment helps others understand how people change when they are being treated unfairly. This experiment can help us better understand why and where Grendel went wrong and turned from good to evil.
In the experiment, a third grade class was divided into two groups, one group with brown eyed children and one group with blue eyed children. On the first day of the experiment, the teacher told the brown eyed group that they had the superior eye color, which meant that they were smarter, more athletic, and better than the blue eyed group. Throughout the day, the brown eyed group teased the blue eyed children and called them names. They thought that they were better than the blue eyed children and avoided them. The next day, when the roles were reversed, the blue eyed group was equally as mean. It only got worse the second day because the kids were trying to get even with each other for how they had been treated the day before.
This experiment shows us that when people are treated unfairly, they become frustrated and feel lonely. When the children got frustrated, they became angry and wanted revenge. This describes the stages that Grendel went through while becoming a monster. Grendel had been lonely for most of his life, with only his mom, who was not very good to him. When he tried talking with humans, he was misunderstood when all he wanted to do was say hi. Grendel said, “Why can’t I have someone to talk to?” .....“The Shaper has people to talk to,” ....“Hrothgar has people to talk to.” In these quotes, the reader can sense how isolated and lonely Grendel feels. It was frustrating for him because he was judged based on his looks. He meant no harm but was simply misunderstood and is presumed to be the bad guy.
In the experiment, when the children were feeling left out, they...