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Grendel the lonely childish sensitive beast views the world as a meaningless waste of time he must be put through year after year Grendel can neither love or be loved though he secretly yearns for both Knowing that the whole world is numb and ridiculous Grendel often becomes angry at small things and questions everything Why cant these creatures discover a little dignity6 In the beginning of the chapter Grendel is annoyed and frustrated with a stubborn ram that is not afraid of Grendels presence so this entices Grendel to scare him away using childish tactics I stamp I hammer the ground with my fists I hurl a skull-sized stone at him He will not budge I shake my two hairy fists at the sky and I let out a howl so unspeakable that the water at my feet turns sudden ice and even I myself am left uneasy 5 More or less a temper tantrum is being thrown by Grendel who is not getting his way Not of course that I fool myself with thoughts that Im more noble Pointless ridiculous monster crouched in the shadows stinking of dead men murdered children martyred cows Ah sad one poor old freak I cry and hug myself and laugh letting out salt tears he he Till I fall down gasping and sobbing6 A most sensitive approach to his being he believes he is a gross piece of nothing that has so purpose and this sends him into crying and laughing fits onto the ground This puts an apathetic perspective of Grendel into the readers mind because it gives him human-like characteristics and gives the reader some compassion for the beast Grendel is aggravated with lack of communication in his life His mother cannot or will not speak to him Guilty she imagines of some unremembered perhaps ancestral crime Why are we here I use to ask her Why are we in this putrid stinking hole She
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