BATTLE WITH GRENDEL
THINKING THROUGH THE LITERATURE: QUESTIONS
1. Comprehension Check What characteristics does Grendel have that make him particularly terrifying to the Danes?
One characteristic that Grendel has that makes him particularly terrifying to the Danes is that he comes to Danes with an attitude of “hoping to kill anyone he could trap on his trip to high Herot” (235-236). He also has a very loathsome appearance that one may not relish to look at, such as “his eyes gleamed in the darkness” (248-249) that “burn with a gruesome light” (249-250). His intentions were also very terrifying that brought death to the Danes, he always “intended to tear the life from those bodies” (254) of the warriors in the mead hall during the night. The monstrous creature’s “mind was hot with the thought of food” (255-256). His way of killing was also very sudden and painful, he “snatched at the first Geat he came to, ripened him apart, cut his body to bits with powerful jaws, drank the blood from his veins and bolted him down”(262-265). Not only are his ways of killing ferocious and terrorizing but his personality can also send the jitters up the spine. He is “a powerful monster” (1) and “impatient” (1). So he gets angry very easily for the most unusual and unfair reasons, like when he killed the men in the mead hall in Herot just because he didn’t like that “the music rang loud in that hall” as the warriors celebrated after a very long time after war. Every time the warriors wake up from their sleep, there is blood all over the hall: “in the morning, this mead-hall glittering/ With new light would be drenched with blood, the benches/ Stained red…” (218-220). Thus, those are Grendel’s characteristics that make him a terrifying creature to the Danes. 2. What impressions of Beowulf do you have after reading this part of the poem?
The impressions that I have of Beowulf are that he is probably...