Monday, May 29, 2006

Module 2 - Reading Assignment 3

John Gardner : From Grendel compared to Beowulf
Beowulf is a story of good vs. evil cut and dry. Beowulf is clearly good, Grendel is clearly evil. Response gives the monster Grendel human qualities. He tries to be accepted, to fit in. He justifies that people should be understanding of him because he only eats a few danes. In his eyes disolving the barrier of good vs. evil becomes good vs. trying-to-be good.
It gave Grendel's perspective and left the reader more willing to examine his character, not just dislike him for being a bad guy. It made him almost human, to which people can relate.


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