Grendel's Point Of View In The Epic Of Beowulf

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In the world today, society often fails to hear both sides to any story. Individuals tend to side with whoever the majority makes out to be the “good guy,” or the hero. However, the saying is true that there are two sides to every story. The epic poem Beowulf gives the reader insight into Beowulf’s point of view, and it makes Grendel seem like no more than a brainless, evil monster. However, John Gardner shows the reader that Grendel is more than how he is described in Beowulf. In the novel Grendel, Gardner tells the story of Beowulf through Grendel’s point of view. This retelling of the story is a brilliant example of how a person’s life can be influenced by their own personal circumstances and experiences. A reader cannot infer from Beowulf that Grendel was not always a vicious monster who destroyed people and things for sport. However, Grendel explains that what Grendel experienced when he was young ultimately lead to his acceptance of who he was expected to be: a monster.…show more content…
He only wishes to understand his role on the earth. He does not understand, though, that his “purpose” is to become the destructive monster that everyone thinks he is. The change in Grendel’s understanding comes when he meets with the dragon. Grendel listens to this advice and lets it take hold of him. After this event, Grendel begins to accept that he is a monster that is meant to

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