Compare Contrast Essay Beowulf Grendel
Our hero arrives with a long list of victories in battle to his credit.
He is a man with unshakable valor and integrity...., Beowulf is the Geatish hero of the story, while Grendel is humankind's archenemy.
Most people think of evil and mayhem when they think of Grendel the monster.
Grendel is one of the antagonists in the epic poem Beowulf that was written sometime between the eighth and eleventh century A. There has been a lot of discussion about this particular monster, so much so that John Gardner wrote a parallel novel in 1971 called Grendel in which the story is told by the monster's point of view.
Beowulf, the story's protagonist, arrives to assist Hrothgar, King of the Danes, defeat the ferocious and murderous monster Grendel, who raids the mead hall until it sits empty for a very long time. His actions are guided (as are other heroes of the time) for glory and for God.
Our hero arrives with a long list of victories in battle to his credit. Greeted by Hrothgar's wife, Beowulf explains what motivated him to come to the Danes' aid: This was my thought, when my thanes and I bent to the ocean and entered our boat, that I would work the will of your people fully, or fighting fall in death, in fiend’s gripe fast.
Beowulf is strong and brave and he has been called to kill Grendel.
One of the most interesting things about both the poem as well as the novel is that they present the readers with an insight into Grendel's mind by showing us his thoughts.
This way, we are made to feel empathy towards the creature even though he is evil and vile.
This is because the exact characteristics and physical description of Grendel never actually appears in any of the Old English texts that were written by the original poet.
Many scholars, however, agree on the fact that Grendel was actually a descendent from Cain, Abel's brother and Adam's son.