Grendel: The Creation Of A Monster

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Grendel is a monster. Although it’s not exactly “ethical” to judge one by their appearance, and as shown in other stories such as Frankenstein, one knows a monster when they see one. Grendel has trouble finding his place in the world, because he doesn’t feel different than the humans; however they see him as different. Throughout the story Grendel cycles through a variety of beliefs in an attempt to discover who he really is.
Growing up, Grendel had to assemble his own beliefs. After the meeting with the ram, he felt that he was alone in the world. Grendel knew he was different than people, stating that “if [he] suddenly showed his face they’d shriek”. This shows that Grendel is aware that he is different however deep down he wants to interact with the people. He feels arrogant to the people he is around, however they only see him for what he is on the outside, which makes him an outcast. “They talked nothing, stupidities. I felt myself growing restless for no real reason” ”. Grendel is jealous of human interactions, however he feels above them. Grendel was never shown nourishment growing up because he was unable to communicate with his mother, and doesn’t understand the sense of hope that the people have.
This all changes when he first hears the shapers song. At this moment, Grendel feels something and further questions himself, wondering if he is truly alone in the world, or if there may be something more. This is the first sense of religion to enter Grendel’s life. As the shaper tells of “a battle of good against evil”, Grendel realizes that he is the evil one, and he feels remorse. He “bawls”. Grendel makes himself known after this song by shouting “Mercy! Peace!” this was his plea for acceptance by the people. However the drunken villagers only see Grendel for the beast he is, and ignore the plea. The...

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