Today we met the first bad guy in Beowulf, the monster Grendel. We listened to Seamus Heaney read line 606-835. After the reading I asked if you felt sorry for Grendel. Some did, some didn’t. Did Beowulf have to be so brutal? Did he have to kill Grendel? We’ll discuss that further tomorrow. Think about what Nietzsche said: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Is Beowulf becoming a monster like Grendel?
For homework, please retell the story of the fight between Grendel and Beowulf from Grendel’s point-of-view. What is he thinking? What is he feeling? What is going on inside Grendel’s head as he fights Beowulf. Send me your first person response with *p in the subject line.