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In the novel Grendel John Gardners use of the first-person point of view completely alters Grendel from the manifestation of Beelzebub into a keen quasi-human being This transformation is shown through Grendels feelings toward fellow creatures and enemies Also the rational side of this monster is exhibited through Grendels own self-explorationGrendel displays sympathy for all creatures no matter their rank on the food chain Suddenly time is a rush for the hart his head flicks he jerks his front legs buckling and hes dead He lies as still as the snow hurtling outward around him to the hushed worlds rimThe image clings to my mind like a growth I sense some riddle in itThe first part of this quote shows the feelings of sympathy Grendel has for this animal Through Grendels interpretation of this incident he gives the hart dignity in its death He lies as still as the snow hurtling outward around him to the hushed worlds rim Through this line in the novel Grendel brings peace to the hart As in the Catholic religion these actions of Grendel can be equated to Last RightsIn the second part of this quote The image clings to my mind like a growth I sense some riddle in it Grendel exhorts the irony in the hunters actions To Grendel man is in the same standing as the defenseless hart Grendel knows that at any moment he is able to put any man in the same spot of insecurity He mocks the humans for doing what they abhor to be done to them to other creatures I listened felt myself swept up I knew very well that all he said was ridiculous Even though Grendel knew that all the Shaper sang of was horse hockey he let his emotions get the best of him In the Anglo-Saxon interpretation of Grendel he is shown to be an unfeeling monster The above quote is the complete opposite of their belief
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