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Grendel Vs Grendel In the epic poem Beowulf Grendel is seen as pure evil and nothing more He brings bad things and he kills loved ones The epic poem just shows him as a monster who needs to be killed In John Gardners novel Grendel the monster is showed as bringing good things through his evil like art and poetry Grendel is also depressed and confused He is confused about how he should view life In the end it doesnt matter because he is still confused and the humans kill him Grendel as shown in John Gardners novel is a story of the struggle of good versus evil John Gardner shows that neither good can not exist without evil Just like beauty and ugliness good and evil are only definitely in contrast of one another If there was nothing that was beautiful then nothing could be ugly So having no such thing as good would make evil non-existent In Grendel Gardner describes this concept with a confused and depressed monster and the society of humans he terrorizes Throughout the novel the monster Grendel is confused with how he wants to view life He can either view life like the dragon or like the humans that he kill This problem makes Grendel go on his rampages and kill the humans He wants to view life as the humans at times because of the Sharper The Sharper gets Grendels attention by his songs they bring up emotions in Grendel that he doesnt like and he goes on his rampages Then at other times he wants to get the knowledge of the dragon and he goes on his rampages of the human village because he cant have this knowledge When the dragon and Grendel meet the dragon tell Grendel something that changes his outlook and in a way gives him self-confidence The dragon tells Grendel that he stimulates the humans and inspires their poetry and art He
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