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The Role Of Monsters In Beowulf In the epic poem Beowulf Monsters play a big role in what the main hero has to gain or lose whether it is a friend or even his life But hey also play an more personal role than what the original dialogue states about them In the epic then monster are seen as an evil presence that brings a Grendel is seen as pure evil and nothing more The epic poem just shows him as a monster who needs to be killed In John Gardners novel Grendel the monster is showed as bringing good things through his evil like art and poetry Grendel is also depressed and confused He is confused about how he should view life Grendel as shown in John Gardners novel is a story of the struggle of good versus evil John Gardner shows that neither good can not exist without evil Just like beauty and ugliness good and evil are only definitely in contrast of one another In Grendel Gardner describes this concept with a confused and depressed monster and the society of humans he terrorizes He can either view life like the dragon or like the humans that he kill This problem makes Grendel go on his rampages and kill the humans He wants to view life as the humans at times because of the Sharper The Sharper gets Grendels attention by his songs they bring up emotions in Grendel that he does not like and he goes on his rampages Then at other times he wants to get the knowledge of the dragon and he goes on his rampages of the human village because he cant have this knowledge When the dragon and Grendel meet the dragon tell Grendel something that changes his outlook and in a way gives him self-confidence The dragon tells Grendel that he stimulates the humans and inspires their poetry and art He is telling Grendel that
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