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Grendel as a Ridiculous Character Probably one of the greatest questions of the 19th century comes directly from John Gardner’s novel Grendel. Given a world with no inherent meaning, how should one live his or her life? Grendel lives in a world that he is not supposed to be in, acting out on emotion. Grendel represents the animalistic traits of humans. His actions are primitive and based around society’s acceptance throughout the novel. Grendel portrays a ridiculous character that is convinced we are born a certain way, and no matter how badly it will never change. Being that Grendel is a ridiculous child-like character there are two points of view in this analysis. The analysis of Grendel, and his actions against humanity that is…show more content…
Grendel is a perfect example of the minorities who received guidance from people who didn’t want change to happen even though they were being out casted as well. On the other hand chapter six brings someone with compassion into Grendel’s life. Unferth son of Hrothgar witnesses Grendel attacking the mead hall, and starts to challenge Grendel very vocally “QUOTE” Grendel responds with childlike sarcasm, and begins to show Unferth his capacity for language, and pities Unferth for his courage, and the belief in heroism. Grendel doesn’t romanticize about heroism the way Unferth does. Grendel does not kill Unferth, and curses him with never taking his life during any of his raids on the mead hall. Further on the next ridiculous event in Grendel happens as Grendel watches as Hrothgar confronts the Helmings, as they surrender apart of the agreement becomes The leader’s daughter Wealtheow. Hrothgar takes Wealtheow as his wife, and Queen of the mead hall. Captivated by her presence Grendel envisions child-like fantasy of hanging on to her dress as she embraces him just as she does with the children in Hart. Wealtheow is a representative of a strong woman who is beautiful, and can stop an argument between thanes with one word. Because of Wealtheow’s presence Grendel distances himself from the hall for a little while and becomes bored with himself. Until fifteen Geats arrive by

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