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Acts Of Selfishness In Grendel

Frankie Bakkers 10/27/2011 Is Suicide an Act of Selfishness or an Act of Desperation? Suicide is the modern word for murdering one’s self. It is just a nicer sounding word than murder. On this fact, I am inclined to be on both sides. Although I lean more to believe that suicide is an act of selfishness because you do not take in consideration the impact it has on those who care about you, wanting relief from all the pain and suffering one has encountered, or you fear the consequences of your...

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Grendel

moral absolutes. He portrays Grendel in his book Grendel as a condemnation of the moral relativism expressed by Jean Paul Sartre’s ideas of atheistic existentialism. Through Grendel's experiences with contrasting religions and his philosophical mentors, Grendel chooses to embody Sartre’s idea of authenticity by terrorizing the people around him. Through Grendel’s initial attraction with the Shaper, a scop and a symbol of the Old Testament, Gardner shows how Grendel is able acknowledge moral absolutes...

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Grendel Essay

have. In the novel Grendel by John Gardner, a monster named Grendel, who was once depicted as a complete evil creature in the epic poem Beowulf, tells the monster's side of the story through it's own eyes. By reading the text in the novel Grendel a person can realize that the monster Grendel was seeking attention and acceptance from the Danes, who were the human civilization which Grendel encountered on a daily basis. The author Gardner used this portrayal of the monster Grendel in the third person...

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Beowulf and Grendel

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...

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Grendel in Beowulf

Jeffrey Ding Period 5 Grendel Grendel is the main antagonist in the story so far. In the most basic terms, Grendel is a giant, cannibal creature dwelling in the outer darkness. He is first described as a demon that bears the curse of the seed of Cain, this means he’s a member of a resented and exiled lineage that includes marauding monsters and menacing trolls. Like Cain, Grendel is an outcast and haunts the swamplands on the boundary of human society. Although the poem doesn’t have an...

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Grendel Essay

portray Grendel in a fair manner. One of the main characters in the epic poem is called Grendel. Grendel is a monster who lives in a cave with his mother. He hates his mother and thinks that he is the most intelligent species and no one else’s life has meaning. Grendel in the epic poem is portrayed as a monster who only kills and cannot think for himself. John Gardner, an author of the book Grendel felt like the epic poem was one sided and Grendel did not get to share his side. In the book Grendel Gardner...

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Grendel Essay

In both works, Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel himself is generally given the same connotations. He is given kennings, called names, referred to as the evil spawn of Cain, and even viewed as a monster; but why? Why in both books is he a wicked, horrible, person who is harshly excluded from everyone? After stumbling upon John Gardner's book, it was halfway expected that some excuse would be made for Grendel; that he wasn't really the inexorable monster the thanes in Beowulf portrayed him as. But all...

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The Selfishness of Oedipus

"Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race," as quoted by William E. Gladstone, supports my thought that selfishness is what causes most of our problems in the modern world. Currently, we are living in an era that is filled with much gluttony and selfishness. However, selfishness is a trait that all of us possess, but the amount of selfishness that we have can determine the type of person we are. For instance, parents should always put their children's needs before their own. Selfish...

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God and Grendel

either of the two, good or evil. In the story Beowulf good and evil are portrayed in a very black and white manner. There are two main characters representing both, one good and one evil. The good character being Beowulf and the bad character being Grendel. Their reputations, the manner in which they use their strengths and their surroundings define the good and evil characters alike.  A lot of times your reputation will say more about you than you ever could. In this story the characters reputations...

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Selfishness And Charity

 Selfishness and Charity When taking into account the doctrines of selfishness and charity, Ebenezer Scrooge is a prime example of moral irresponsibility. When asked by two philanthropic men to make a charity donation, he refuses: “It’s not my business… It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly” (Fleming, 19). With a utilitarian understanding of kindness and charity, Scrooge refuses to contribute because he believes...

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