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Just as there is some darkness in every soul there is somelight in every soulJohn Gardner introduces audiences to a unique viewpoint fromamonsters point of view in his novelGrendel In the Danishkingdom Grendel is feared by all who encounter him The peoplein the town think Grendels only purpose is to harm them andmake it their heroic duty to put an end to his raids Grendelputs meaning to the clich there are two sides to every storyas he describes the mistreatment he experiences from thehumans Grendels tale proves that there is potential for goodin everyone even monsters The Danes ignorance towardGrendels attempts at peace the Dragons influence andGrendels humanistic thoughts prove that Grendel could havebeen a protagonist rather than an antagonistGrendels war with the humans continues over a course of twelveyears From the beginning Grendel derides thisconflict asstupid and pointless He is intrigued by the Danes and attemptsto be on friendly terms with them but is denied due to theunfair assumptions made by the humans about Grendel Even afterthe humans tortured him as he hung from the tree Grendeldidnthold a grunge against their unfair actions He says It wasntbecause he threw that battle-ax that i turned on Hrothgar Thatwas simply midnight foolishness I dismissed it30 IfGrendel was completely evil he would show no signs offorgivness or sympathy Instead of using the Danes behavior asmotivation for revenge Grendel still wishes to intereact withthem positively Grendel observes the Danes from a far for areasonable amount of time He is facinated by the Shaper andthe beautiful stories that he tells even though Grendel isskeptical about the amount of truth that they hold He is drawnto the Danes and decides to get closer He says I staggeredout into the open up toward the hall with my burden groaningout Mercy Peace The harper broke off the people screamedDrunken men rushed me with battle-axes I sank to my kneescrying Friend Friendand I understoodthat they couldkill me-eventually would if I gave them a
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