When he was fighting with beowulf he thinks he is better than humans he thinks he can escape him (169)he thinks that he is better than humans point of view in john gardner's grendel, grendel, both the main character and narrator of the story, narrates the story from a first person point of view. The epic beowulf is an influential text in english literature and has been reinterpreted variously by different writers john gardner in his novel grendel reinterprets the events taking place in the epic this novel adaptation of the epic, which displays the contents of the epic from a different point of view, reconstructs the epic. Point of view in grendel and beowulf contrasting points of view in grendel and beowulf significantly alter the reader’s perception of religion, good and evil, and the character grendel john gardner’s book, grendel, is written in first person the book translated by burton raffel, beowulf, is written in third person.
Grendel: while the monster grendel was a less important character than beowulf in the old english epic on which gardner's novel is based, as the title character here he has become the star attraction grendel is violent, cruel, cynical, and degenerate--in short, monstrous. 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.
Grendel is a 1971 novel by american author john gardner it is a retelling of part of the old english poem beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, grendel in the novel, grendel is portrayed as an antihero the novel deals with finding meaning in the world, the power of literature and myth, and the nature of good and evil. This article presents an analysis of the epic beowulf, and the novel grendel under the light of deconstruction which displays the contents of the epic from a different point of view, reconstructs the epic deconstruction of epic beowulf in john gardener’s novel grendel 63 these oppositions” (positions 41) reversing. John gardner's grendel, however, casts the storyteller in a much different light grendel himself, the first-person narrator of the story, calls the storyteller a “shaper,” because he does more than just relay information, he actually “shapes” the thoughts and perceptions of his audience.
Foreshadowing the unresponsive ram foreshadows the unresponsive humans the allusion to the curse of cain foreshadows the charm of the dragon and the christian imagery that surrounds beowulf the dark presence that grendel feels in the woods and the snake he mistakes for a vine foreshadow his meeting with the dragon the onset of winter foreshadows grendel’s death.
Beowulf main ideas here's where you'll find analysis about the book as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.
In the epic tale of beowulf and john gardner's novel called grendel, the most striking difference is gardner's decision to have grendel tell his own story, thus making the monster a more sympathetic character.