The Victim and the Beast
The Legendary Epic, “Beowulf” and the novel, “from Grendel” are very different in
many ways. Beowulf tells the story of a legendary hero, and how he slays the evil monster
Grendel. Grendel causes much death, destruction and grief, with his blood-thirsty rampages on
the town of Herot and needs to be killed. The battle between Grendel and Beowulf represent the
battle of good versus evil. Upon Grendels defeat, Beowulf is looked upon as a great hero.
Grendel runs away back to his lair where he would then die. “From Grendel”, tells Grendels
point of view. Grendel walks into the mead hall desiring the taste of human flesh. He’s so
arrogant and overconfident when he arrives to the mead hall, he wraps a table cloth around his
neck to serve as a dinner napkin. When the fight in between Beowulf and Grendel begin, Grendel
is immediately overtaken by Beowulf’s incredible strength. Grendel views Beowulf as a demon
or archangel. In Grendels point of view, Beowulf goes from the good guy, to the tricky bad guy.
Grendel feels as if though he is the victim in this instance. Unlike the Epic “Beowulf”, when
Grendel is defeated he runs into the woods, and is immediately surrounded by the beasts and
creatures of the forest. With his last dying breath, he says to them “poor Grendel’s had an
accident, so may you all.”(154) Grendel goes from the ruthless monster in “Beowulf”, to the
helpless victim in “from Grendel”.