Nihilism In 'Grendel' By John Gardner

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In the novel “Grendel” by John Gardner, Grendel’s last words were “Poor Grendel’s had an accident...So may you all” (Gardner, 174) which was meant as a curse. Nihilism is when you believe that everything is an accident and meaningless which is what Grendel himself believes in. Grendel had slipped on blood before he lost to Beowulf which he believes was his accident. If it wasn't for him slipping, he wouldn't have lost. Grendel didn't have much feelings when it came to killing. He tried to act like he cared but then he remembered himself that he wasn't like that. For example, Grendel says ”I cry, and hug myself, and laugh, letting out salt tears, he he! till I fall down gasping and sobbing. (It's mostly fake)” (Gardner, 6) which shows

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