This essay describes how in the Novel Beowulf, the character is portrayed as an evil monster. However, in the novel Grendel, Grendel is portrayed as a misunderstood kind soul.
Empathizing With a Monster
In the novels Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, and Grendel by John Gardner, there is a character that is vividly portrayed. This character is the monster Grendel, a non-human being portrayed in two separate ways. The Anglo-Saxon's view Grendel as evil; there's no arguing that point. The Anglo-Saxon view is highly original and different because "In Anglo-Saxon society one of the principal contaminants was the warrior code, which was so deeply rooted that the church had to condone the blood feud down to the end of the Anglo-Saxon period" (Ogilvy 33). Howev…
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