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The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one He is a human owl vigilant in darkness and blind to light mousing for vermin and never seeing noble game Henry Beecher In John Gardners novel Grendel a modern twist on the epic poem Beowulf the Dragon epitomizes this definition of cynicism Mr Dragon harbors scorn towards his inferiors and therefore uses mockery and sarcasm to ridicule them Mr Dragon shows contempt and disdain towards creatures he finds despicable and trivial This scornful attitude reveals itself when Grendel says the dragon laughed spoke and broke my fall not as a kindness to me but because of his cold pleasure in knowing what he knew 62 The Dragon realizes that his ability to see into the future and read minds makes him superior and therefore gets cold pleasure from being able to read vulnerable creatures minds He uses this gift to taunt others and make them feel inferior Mr Dragon tells Grendel You now you see the past and the present like other low creatures 62 He not only rubs it in that Grendel does not posses his omniscience but also uses the condescending word low The Dragon constantly uses such terms with Grendel and particularly when describing humans He patronizes humans as lower minds 66 and mere theory-makers 64 and views them as pests The Dragon scorns the peoples beliefs and their intellect which presents itself when Mr Dragon tells Grendel the humans only think that they think 64 He further looks down upon the humans minds when he describes the impact of the scopes powerful lies on the people and says as for myself I can hardly bear to look 65 Mr Dragon sees the humans stupidity in believing anything that compliments them as sickening an attribute which makes them unworthy and exposes his disdain He scorns inferior creatures such as Grendel and
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