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Grendel has a sarcastic and cynical mind which serves to entertain both him and the reader Through his expositions of situations we see humor where others would simply see violence and irony where others only fact These others are the humans the Danes unwitting neighbors of Grendel forced to stand night after night of slaughter What is a traumatic and terrifying experience for them is simply a game to Grendel and the reader Grendel bursts in on the Danes ready to kill and they squeak They are funny in their fear laughable in their drunken fighting The reader is focused on Grendels perception of the Danes The deaths go by easily because of the humor involved It does not cross the readers mind that these are people Grendle is killing The humor allows the reader to sympathize with Grendels position that of the predator The prey is not meaningful only nutritious and entertaining It is a macabre humor which accentuates how no death is noble it is simply death By making the Danes un-heroic and un-ideal cowards and drunkards the author is presenting the reality through the humor In contrast to the drunken lurching of the others Unferth comes toward Grendel with speeches and bravery He is a puffed up as a peacock proud and ready to die for his king his people his ideal Grendel simply states He was one of those Grendel sees Unferth with a clear and unbiased mind He is ridiculous His exaggerated heroism his words even his first move to scuttle sideways like a crab from thirty feet away is laughable Grendle does with him what he does with no other Dane in the story he talks Unferth offers Grendle death and Grendle sends back taunts The reason this scene is funny is because the taunts are sharply accurate The self-sacrificing hero is shown to be a spotlight loving fool serving only his own reputation Grendel continues talking to Unferth
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