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For many months unsightly monster youvemurdered men as you pleased in Hrothgars hall unless you can murder me as youve murdered lessermen I give you my word those days are doneforever The king has given me splendid gifts Hewill see tonight that his gifts have not gone fornothing Prepare to fall foul thing This onered hour makes your reputation or mine I shookmy head at him wickedly smiling Reputation Isaid pretending to be much impressed This is aprime example of how John Gardner uses satire inGrendel to mock man Unferth is telling Grendelthat he is better than all of the other men that hekilled by using the term lesser men Also hetells Grendel that he will die because the King hasgiven him many gifts Lastly Unferth cannotdistinguish between honor and an honorablereputation though he claims to take the former hewould be solely content with the latter Howeverheros dont have reputations Grendel knows thisand just humiliates him Unferth thinks hes ahero but in reality he is really not a hero He isjust fighting Grendel to have a good ego Unferthbattles Grendel for the money and this is notheroic Grendel humiliates Unferth by throwingapples at him when Unferth tries to attack him Heeventually knocks him down and covers him withapples After Unferth failure he tries to diehonorably at Grendels hands He finds grendelslair and trys to get killed Nonetheless Grendel amuses himself by denying Unferth the honorof martyrdom Grendel knows by letting him live ahumiliated life is harder then dying as a hero Though he tries to prove otherwise Unferthsheroism is a product of his fellow men His egocannot sustain himself and so when the otherthanes scorn him for his consistent failuresUnferth loses his self-respect However Unferth isonly a half hero His moral strength is for theapproval of his fellow thanes and so when hefights it is because he fears their disapproval andcontempt This fight with Grendel seems like anact of courage but in truth a concession
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