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Grendel & The Zodiac
Transcript of Grendel & The Zodiac
by: karla madrigal & brenda gonzalez
Aries marks the beginning of a new cycle that is similar to the cycle that has previously ended. "Last year at this time, and the year before, and the year before that," Grendel realizes that he is caught in the same endless pattern. As he has done before, he will continue to attack Hrothgar's people.
Someone that is placid, calm, and contented marks the sign of Taurus. Taurus represents Grendel existing as a single being in the world. When Grendel realizes that his mother is not coming to save him from the bull, he concludes "that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual, brute enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears.
Gemini are versatile, superficial, and inventive which all become part of the Gemini's dual nature. The character Shaper represents all these characteristics; he is so skilled at arguing that he could argue whatever side he chooses and win. This is similar to the Sophists who remade the world with arguments as the Shaper does with his songs.
Cancer, is known as the nourisher, shows us the growth of religion that will nourish the new world that the Shaper has created for the people of Hrothgar's kingdom. The Shaper explains how the earth was first built, and how the gods created every inch of the world and gave life to all of it's creatures. God created the world, and all was good until an evil force divided it. "The harp turned solemn. He told of an ancient feud between two brothers, which split all the world between darkness and light.
The sign of Leo is warm and radiant as well as king of all the other zodiacs. No one is kinder than a Leo who will give anything freely with only wanting a simple 'thank you' in response. Leo provides the basis for Grendel discovering his role in the new order that the Shaper has created. Much of the dragon's advice is considered materialistic.The dragon explains Grendel's role by first describing the fundamental connectedness of things.
Virgo marks a person who studies and learns, and uses their knowledge to get done what needs to be done. Not interested in glory, the sign of Virgo uses common sense to get the job done. Grendel finds his role in the world in this order, "I was transformed. I was a new focus for the clutter of space I stood in..I had become, myself...
Libras are thought to be serene and prefer a balanced and peaceful environment. While making decisions, Libras think through all possibilities before making a firm decision. They strive to be conciliators to preserve their desired peace. In Chapter 7, balance is found when Grendel attacks Wealtheow: " I hung balanced, a creature of two minds; and one of them said- unreasonable, stubborn as the mountains- that she was beautiful.
Scorpios are known for their persistence and determination to achieve their goals. Distractions have no effect on these individuals. They have a mystifyingly strong determination to fight for their beliefs. A scorpion is seen int eh scene where Hrothulf arrives:"And so-I watch in glee- they take in Hrothulf; quiet as the moon, sweet scorpion, he sits between their two and cleans his knife."
Sagittarians have free and adventurous spirits, longing to journey to find the deeper meaning in everything. Their enthusiasm is overwhelming, so no one attempts to order them around. An archer is referenced to in chapter 9: "I watch one of Hrothgar's bowmen pursue a hart..They face each other, unmoving as numbers on a stick.
Capricorns are very determined to reach their highest goals and have the stamina to back it up. They accomplish this through stable perseverance as opposed to taking spontaneous and enthusiastic risks. In chapter 10, Grendel murders a goat he finds near his cave: "I watch a great horned goat ascend the rocks toward my mere.. I am suddenly annoyed, no longer amused by his stupidity...
Aquarians are generally friendly to their peers as well as their environment. However, Aquarians are evasive and shy away from commitment. They would rather not have any close relationships in their life. They are impersonal and focus on themselves as an individual rather than themselves as a part of a whole. A water reference is found in Chapter 11 when describing Grendel's cave: "I was unnaturally conscious, for some reason, of the sounds in the cave; the roar of the underground river hundreds of feet below our rooms...
Pisces are the most sensitive of the zodiacs, willing to help anyone in need. They are mostly characterized by their creativity and imagination but may be moody from time to time. As the end of the cycle, they view everything in the world connected back together as one. A fish is mentioned in chapter 12 during Beowulf's speech to Grendel as he is murdering Grendel:"As you see it is, while the seeing lasts, dark nightmare-history, time as coffin; but where the water was rigid there will be fish...