He lives in a cave with his mother in the middle of no where. Thus, this modern adaptation, Beowulf and Grendel, of an ancient text the Roman Empire. Gardner remakes Grendel from the Anglo-Saxon incarnation of blind evil, unthinking and senseless, to a conscious, rational force, and Beowulf from a honorable, courageous, and epitome of goodness, to a irrational, psychotic, cold blooded. In the movie, Grendel is actually human, but known as a troll to the warriors and Danes. It is the story of a type of person and a people that the author and original readers of Beowulf felt an intimate longing for. Grendel, which was published in 1971, is a parallel novel in that essential to its structure and meaning is another novel.
He later also became king of Geatland. Grendel represents the animalistic traits of humans. There are many moments when Beowulf shows bravery, such as how eager he is to finally meet Grendel. In the modern world, it is vitally important to display a tolerant attitude towards all pardigms of religion and other directions of philosophy. Of all the differences in tone, none is more obvious than the maturity in which Beowulf and Grendel speak.
Beowulf is a beautiful tale of heroism that inspires the audience to live a heroic life without holding onto illusions and false hopes. These stories are like a coin; you cannot have one side without the other. Beowulf does just that on numerous occasions in Beowulf. Just as the modern scientist, the poet introduces and, subsequently, tries to understand and explain, the idea of chaotic events, events that cannot be explained by the traditional ideas. Grendel, in both the self-titled novel and the epic, Beowulf, had a choice.
Hrothgar would dread the fatal nights when Grendel would dine on human flesh. With this in mind the reader is given the notion he is driven purely on his beastly, or animal instincts, and having no human instincts to guide him what so ever. Good, is portrayed by God, and evil seems to be what fate has in store for the hero. After the drunken Danes give Beowulf his warm welcome, Unferth unleashes his anger in an attack on Beowulf. It talks about a man with such bravery and courage, who is different than the rest; who shows no fear, and loyal to his enemies. Grendel leaves him alive and impotent.
On the beach as Beowulf is about detach mama's head from her body, Unferth gives Beowulf his sword in a touching moment of peace between Beowulf and Unferth. One may compare Grendel to Lennie in Of Mice and Men. He is an outcast, and the sins of his forefather have fallen upon him. Grendel behaves like a monster and has many qualities pertaining to being one. Grendel's initiative in Grendel is mainly self defense In both works, Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel himself is generally given the same connotations. Although Gardner's novel Grendel is a modern adaptation of the epic poem Beowulf, the parallelism between them both ends with the description of the characters and their role in the story. He however hates almost everything.
All of these men do the same thing as Beowulf did in the movie. In my essay, I will explore the possibilities that Beowulf was written from an Anglo-Saxon traditional perspective derived from the historical biblical text, and is an epic poem built upon the Adam and Eve creation story. An example of a woman who fits that description is Queen Wealtheow of Daneland. Money and treasure are shown in the poem as markers of respect and of decency. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.
Grendel by John Gardner tells the story of a beast-like creature, Grendel, who is portrayed as a monstrous, violent, and cruel animal. Within this poem, the protagonist, Beowulf, is presented with a life full of both internal and external struggles. The main demon presented in Beowulf is Grendel. He also has strong emotions of fear, anger, and sorrow as well as intellect. Grendel is the embodiment of all that is evil and dark. This one reason made the story Beowulf what is made up to be; Grendel was mercy-less, killing everyone and destroying everything in his way whether it be: women, children, or men.
This shows how relentlessness Grendel was towards the humans. He represents evil and darkness among the Danes and is feared by them. Throughout the epic poem of Beowulf, the character Beowulf himself is seen as a sort of folk hero in almost all aspects. A hero who kills monsters with his bare hands and slays dragons with a steel sword. Up to the interpretation of Tolkien, the rhyme and the verse were considered as lacking precision and value. The knight is saved by the queen, then is sent on a quest to find what appeared to be an impossible answer to a riddle concerning women, and then is saved again at the last minute by another woman who, although wise, was ugly and undesirable.