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Grendel follows the philosophical evolution from solipsism to nihilism of a socially isolated creature a monster It is an examination of human supernatural curiosity and its many dangers specifically the tendency toward blind cynicism Grendel is a censure of the rapid growth of this cynicism in twentieth century society and the consequent widespread distrust of abstract ideals In investigating his own nature the monster in the story destroys himself He realizes that the universe is determined accidental and so he loses faith in his own importance With time he becomes a beast until eventually his soul has wholly left him He does not die for love or for passion or for freedom His spirit dies instead simply hopelessly mired in boredom and anger without courage or sadness Grendel is dead long before his body fails him He fades away and the most important theme in this novel is that such self-destruction though tempting is not the only answer Grendels first defense against a brute universe is solipsism the belief that the self can know only itself and that it is the only existent thing As the novel clearly demonstrates solipsism is a weak defense However loudly a creature may declare its godhood the universe continues to function independently However a creature may deny the reality of outside factors outside factors will continue to impose themselves upon his everyday existence The main flaw in solipsism is that it contradicts every aspect of human experience Grendel is justifiably unsatisfied and nervous under its tenuous cover After his visit to the dragon Grendel finds a more solid shield nihilism the belief that nothing has meaning that life is a long series of accidents and is in itself an accident As a philosophy nihilism is complete It provides an answer to every metaphysical why Whatever the concern a nihilist can conclusively state There is no way to truly know but it does not matter anyway As a system of
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