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Time plays a major role in the novel Grendel Grendel lived in the very turbulent time period of the Dark Ages The Dark Ages was a time of much fighting and very little intellectual growth by the common people a time in which the great majority of the people lived in poverty and were slaves in the feudal system a time when religion and lords ruled the state a time of much gloom dispair and uncertainty about the future by the general population In a time like this it is no wonder that heroes were created They were the only hope and joy that many of the people had in their lives In order to have heroes there must also be monsters That is where Grendel fit in He played out his role as his time period allowed and as fate dictated The dragon explains to the monster GrendelYou improve them my boy Cant you see that yourself You stimulate them You make them think and scheme You drive them to poetry science religion all that makes them what they are for as long as they last You are so to speak the brute existent by which they learn to define themselves The exile captivity death they shrink from--the blunt facts of their morality their abandonment--thats what you make them recognize embrace1 the men still drinking getting louder and braver talking about what they were going to do to the bands on the other hillsAll the bands did the same thingThey would listen to each other at the meadhall tablesand when one of them finished his raving threats another would stand up andtell what he planned to do Now and then some trivial argument would break out and one of them would kill another oneIt was late springA man would roar Ill steal their gold and burn their meadhall shaking his swordand I would glide to the next camp of men and Id hear the
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