Comparing Beowulf And Grendel's

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Through the epic Beowulf and the novel Grendel we can look at the world, we can look at the world with a larger view. While reading, we can see two extremely different perspectives on life, on where you do what people want you too and live by “the code” and a life where you have to create your own code because society will not accept you in theirs’. In continuation, through comparing the two, we can see how there are two sides to every story and how society wants you to think and the reality. To begin with, in Beowulf and Grendel, we see Beowulf as a man who lives by the codes society has created for him. He is a warrior who lives for glory and riches on Earth; he does not focus on what he wants beyond fame. All he is is a hollow character. Beowulf is like the people in our society who live like people…show more content…
While they may do great things, they eventually grow old like everybody else and do not have much to show for it. Furthermore, in the epic, Grendel does not have much depth to him either. Society labels him as an evil monster who know nothing but evil. In contrast, Grendel’s character in the novel is the roll of somebody who is trying to fit in to a society that will not accept him. He wants to be accepted and fit in with the Danes, and make friends. Finally, when he gives up on fitting in with the Danes, he goes to the Dragon for counsel. The dragon convinces Grendel not to focus on what society wants him to be and that their thoughts do not matter. Grendel finally realized that he had to create his own role in society, so he became their monster. He was still an outcast to the Danes, but to him he was something for them to fight for. By comparing these tow

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