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Connor Kordes Grendel Explications

Chapter 2 Question 2

The significance of the scene wherein Grendel is attacked by the bull is that it shows that he is disconnected from the world and maturing, and it also shows that humans are dangerous. For example, Grendel feels alone and vulnerable when he is stuck in the tree. He screams, Mama! Waa! Waa! ... Still no one came (Gardner 18-19). This quote explains that Grendel has now matured and his mother will no longer be around to aid him. It shows his feelings of being alone in the world and disconnected when he says, Still no one came. In addition to this, Grendel thinks to himself, I understood that, finally and absolutely, I alone exist ... I create the whole universe blink by blink (Gardner 22). This shows Grendel maturing and again his disconnect. He feels so disconnected and as if he is the only one to exist, and this introduces his new belief of solipsism. Now instead of his mother providing meaning to the world he is providing it, which shows a large advancement in maturity as well. Furthermore, he realizes that humans are dangerous. He says, I was dealing with no dull mechanical bull but with thinking creatures, pattern makers, the most dangerous things Id ever met (Gardner 27). Grendel compares and contrasts the humans with the bull showing their main differences, which is their ability to think. He realizes that a thinking creature is much more dangerous than an absent-minded one. This encounter really foreshadows that he wont be able to interact with the humans in the future without chaos, and that humans will be the cause of his ending. Finally, this scene was important because it showed Grendel maturing, his disconnect from the world (including his mother), and it foreshadows his death when he encounters the humans.

Connor Kordes Grendel Explications

Chapter 3 Question 1

In this chapter Grendel learns that Hrothgar is a very intelligent and effective king because of his theories of organization. Grendel is shocked by the constant repetition of war between humans, and how he is somehow related to them. Grendel lastly fears Hrothgar because he is becoming a very powerful king because of what the shaper has described him to be. For instance, Grendel sees the two sides fighting endlessly until Hrothgar comes. Grendel observes Hrothgar and says, Hed worked out a theory about what fighting was for, and now he no longer fought with his six closest neighbors ... Hed shown them the strength of organization (Gardner 37) Grendel learns that Hrothgar is different, and he has theories and strategies that make him a more powerful king. This also shows the effectiveness of the theories when he talks of how Hrothgar no long fights with his neighbors. In addition to this, Grendel constantly sees the humans fighting. He says, The fighting went on all that summer and began again next and again the next ... They spoke something akin to my language, which meant that we were, incredibly, related (Gardner 36). This explains his disbelief that he is somehow related to these people that fight endlessly with little result. This quote also explains the extent to which two sides fight when he says again next and again next. Furthermore, Grendel starts to see Hrothgar as more of a threat. He fears Hrothgar more because of what the shaper sings about him. Grendel describes the scene, He sang of Hrothgar, hoarfrost white, magnificent of mind ... I too was silent (Gardner 43). Grendel is scared by how the shaper is describing Hrothgar. The shaper makes Hrothgar appear more powerful than he really is, which frightens Grendel. Finally, Grendel learns that Hrothgar is a powerful king with effective and useful theories. Grendel is shocked that humans fight without end and that he is somehow related to them, and he lastly starts to fear Hrothgar more because of how the Shaper shapes him to be.