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Grendel A Theoretical Approach In classical literature characters often grow a tremendous amount throughout the entire work this is evidently noted in the novel Grendel written by John Gardner Grendels point-of-view transforms dramatically throughout the course of the novel he begins as a young ignorant adolescent then conforms into a delusional adult who is trying to find his place in society In the beginning John Gardner exhibits a form of solipsism through Grendel by him revisiting his past as a naive child By traveling back through his memories he recalls the exact moment when his greatest question came to stand What exactly am I and why am I so utterly separated from the rest of the world His world as he knew it of being a solipsist had been changed forever when he met man another pattern-maker as he referred to them Gardner writes What I see I inspire with usefulness I think trying to suck in breath and all that I do not see is useless void I observe myself observing what I observe It startles me Then I am not that which observes I am lack Alack No thread no frailest hair between myself and the universal clutter Gardner 29 By making that statement Grendel then starts his transformation All he had known previously in his life was only his mother and the underground cave they lived in Once he met man his beliefs that he and his mother were the only reality was shattered In coming to this immense realization he asks himself where he stands If there were other beings that were as smart as he and could speak the same language than where did he stand With these pondering questions Grendel began to amuse his imagination by watching and learning more about the Thanes and their culture while at the same time continuing his bitter war with himself and the Thanes He sings to a heavier harpsong now old
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