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Transcript of Grendel Characterization
"snatched up thirty men, smashed them / Unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies," (59-60)
"The monster's / Thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws" (56-57)
Grendel took an unnecessary amount of lives instead of just taking one, which would have also made his point clear.
If Grendel can strike 30 men dead swiftly then that means he thinks as fast as his hands
"The infamous killer fought / For his freedom, wanting no flesh but retreat, / Desiring nothing but escape" (415-417)
Once Grendel was face to face with Beowulf and discovered he wasn't as strong as he was portrayed to be, he wanted to flee and run away
Character .vs. Character
Grendel came to Herot and started to create many casualties which made Hrothgar bring Beowulf into town. This resulted to Beowulf defeating Grendel in a gruesome fight.
Interaction with Others
Grendel coming and destroying Herot and its men caused a ghost town.
"so Herot/ Stood empty, and stayed deserted for years" (82-83
"that shadow of death" (96)
The purpose of this literary device is to attract the attention directly to the senses of readers encouraging their imagination to understand how similar Grendel is to the Grim Reaper.
Impact on the Plot
Ultimately, there would be no story if Grendel didn't come into Herot and disrupt things. Without him coming there would be no reason for Beowulf to come and rescue the town.
by Dyavion Johnson & Omar Ndiaye