Tainted Tone There are two sides to every story. The events may be the same, but the tone in which the story is told shapes the reader’s understanding of the events. This idea is never more evident than through the disparity between Burton Raffel’s translation of Beowulf and John Gardner’s Grendel. Both novels are based on the idea of Beowulf killing Grendel. However, the two different points of view telling the story create vastly different novels. Beowulf highlights the heroic and positive world in which Beowulf lives. Whereas Grendel elucidates on the miserable life that Grendel is circumscribed to. The consistent variance in tone skews the events in two completely different directions. The tone between Beowulf and Grendel differ in perception, righteousness, and maturity. First and foremost, perception is the key ingredient in shaping the tone of the novel. Narrators tell a story like they see it, and a difference in perception can create two very dissimilar stories. In Beowulf the events are perceived as a positive. When Beowulf slays two adversaries King Hrothgar notes, “Your fame is everywhere, my friend, reaches to the ends of the earth, and you hold it in your heart wisely” (Raffel 72). Beowulf views the world as positive, and the world reciprocates by lavishing him with praise. Now look at the world from Grendel’s perspective. Everyone views him as a hideous monster that is the epitome of evil. After a deep philosophical talk with the Dragon, Grendel is convinced that there is no way in which he can win. With a negative mindset, Grendel takes a look at his environment: “Futility, doom, became a smell in the air, pervasive and acrid as the dead smell after a forest fire” (Gardner 75). It no surprise that he sees the world as a negative place; one in which there is no hope. Both Grendel and Beowulf live in the same area at the same time. However, the difference in the description of the events comes from the difference in perception. The perception
Grendel is a tale about a monster created to be man’s enemy. The story has been told for many years passed down and most likely altered due to lack of recorded events. Now there are town main recorded stories of Grendel used today and Grendel is portrayed a bit different in both stories. Grendel in the novel Grendel and Grendel in the short story Beowulf are two very different characters, the way they are portrayed and the amount of insight we get is vastly distant.
Grendel in the novel….
The book Grendel by John Gardner is about a monster, named Grendel, who involves himself with humans. It goes back in time to show the origins of the conflict between them and also to show Grendel’s personal change within. The novel provides the view of the “monster” that everyone in Beowulf feared and hated. It showcases how certain events and experiences shaped Grendel, not only as a monster, but as a human and observer.….
The Beowulf Epic vs. Beowulf and Grendel the movie:
The movie Beowulf and Grendel and the Beowulf book had many similarities and differences such as the added characters to the movie that were not included in the book. The characters that were used in the movie were presented in different aspects, with different motives, appearances, and names. Instead of the "King, Ruler, God" that was known as Beowulf in the book, was more of a regular man in the movie. Not much of a threat or so called god….
Elements of a Series
Grendel, a prequel to the popular epic Beowulf, provides a look into the dismal life of the unearthly monster. Grendel and Beowulf are clearly similar but also show striking differences in the elements of each story through the formulation of the setting, the portrayal and development of certain characters, and the depiction of motifs.
In both Grendel and Beowulf, the stories take place in the land of the Gaets, ruled by Hrothgar. The Gaet people living in the town experience….
The Comparison and Contrast of Grendel and Beowulf
In the novel Grendel by John Gardner he portrays a different image of what Grendel appears in the epic poem of Beowulf. Grendel is a nonhuman who possess and shows the abilities that a human would portray. Grendel, believed to be a demon descendent of the demon Cain, is never explained as to what exactly he is or what he is said to look like. Only explanation of what Grendel may be is small facts portrayed throughout the story. The only….
Within both, Grendel the novel and Beowulf, there are a large number of differences between the main character. Grendel in the novel is portrayed as a more complex character than in the epic poem, Beowulf, because of his ability to comprehend the world, seek out companionship, and because he is able to transform as a character throughout the book.
Due to the first person point of view in the novel, we are able to get a glimpse inside of Grendel’s mind, which shows us that he is able to comprehend….
Grendel as a Bully or Grendel as Pleasant
Have you ever heard the same story twice and had a different view on the story the second time you heard it? This is what happened in the novel Grendel by John Gardner; it was a retelling of the epic poem Beowulf just Gardner gave the reader an insight to what it was like to be in Grendel’s shoes.
Although these two stories had a similar background, a main difference in the two was the perception at which each of the stories was told. Grendel was told….
In the novels Beowulf, translated by Benton Raffel and Grendel by John Gardner, there is a character that is vividly portrayed. This character is the monster Grendel, a non-human being portrayed in two separate ways. The Anglo-Saxon's view Grendel as evil; there's no arguing that point. However, when the reader sees the story portrayed through Grendel's perspective he starts to empathize with Grendel rather than fear him. In the beginning of BeowulfGrendel is presented as "a fiend out of hell .….
Grendel in the novel compared to Grendel in the epic poem Beowulf is presented as the complete opposite or more evolved due to the point of view in both the novel and epic poem, descriptions of events he has encountered in the novel and his reactions to them, and how Grendel in the epic poem is described as ruthless towards mankind.
The epic poem Beowulf is told from a third person point of view while Grendel the novel is told from Grendel’s very own perspective. Both stories due to the different….
old-English Beowulf (Heaney) and the modern-day film Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson) due to the cultural difference between the Middle ages and Modern time. More details entered the film to appeal to a more modern audience that requires reason and details. The old English poem held no use for complexity to tantalize the reader. Additions that add complexity to Grendel’s character in Beowulf and Grendel include backstories and new characters.
In Beowulf, the epic, it states, “Grendel was the name….