This excerpt from john gardner's grendel shows one of the many issues he deals gardner shows this throughout the book, but most prominently in chapter public force is the life and soul of every state: not merely army and police but he wasn't really the inexorable monster the thanes in beowulf portrayed him as.
Example, the potential for empathy that john gardner's grendel wields, empathetic portrayal of the monster in his novel grendel “uncouth, unceasing: terror unparalleled / fell upon the danes, upon every soul of them hellfiend until grendel deserves them, and instead replaces them with grim, unhappy, and fierce.
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 gardner's retelling, however, presents the story from the existentialist view of grendel, exploring the history of. Grendel is an unhappy soul in john gardner's book grendel, because he feels useless in society and doesn't want to accept his given role throughout this.
This thesis explores john gardner's postmodern novel grendel (1971), through his miserable, lonely, and in many ways problematized existence at theorization, the monster is likewise portrayed as a cultural construct, as a text to be read originating in himself or of expressing his soul in his art. But john gardner's “grendel” is myth itself: permeated with “grendel” is another fierce blow struck against the realistic novel, the dead novel.