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The purpose of John Gardners Grendel is to point out the flaws of human society This is very different in contrast to the purpose of Beowulf which was only to entertain Grendel differs from Beowulf in point of view and characterization which also allows it to achieve its purposeThe purpose of Grendel to point out the flaws of human society is very evident in the book One flaw of human society that Grendel points out in this book is the human belief in religion In Grendel Grendel talks numerous times about how humans blindly follow religion but dont really believe in it One example of this is when Grendel watches the Danish priests have their ceremony He observes how the priests dont truly believe in what they are saying There is no conviction in the old priests songs there is only showmanshipGardner 128 Grendel sees that they dont truly believe in what they are saying but that they do it anyway because they feel like they must According to Grendel humans blindly follow religion just because they worry that there might be something to it all129 John Gardner saw humanitys blind following of religion as a flaw and used Grendel to convey it to his audience Another flaw of human society that Grendel criticizes is war Gardner uses Grendel to show the disgusting wastefulness and impracticality of war This is evident when Grendel watches a battle outside of a mead hall and says I was sickened if only at the waste of it all they killed-cows horses men-they left to rot or burn36 Grendels disgust with the humans only grows as he continues to observe their ways of war Through Grendel Gardner was able to show many flaws in human societyThe point of view of Grendel allows it to criticize humanity much better than the point of view of Beowulf It would
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