Friday, September 19, 2008

Grendel vs. Frankenstein: Battle of the Monsters

Grendel and Frankenstein's monster exhibit some similarities, especially in the beginning of the novel, Grendel. What do you think?


Esbee D.B. said...

They're both clearly intelligent, caring creatures cursed with the worst of lots in life. They don't know how they came to be really, or what they're meant for. Everyone hates them at first sight and they can't for the life of them figure out why. They are also all alone in the world, their creators unable (or unwilling in Frankenstein's case) to answer their questions or be their sole companions.

They also both end up monsters because of the expectations of them to be monsters, and grow to enjoy their role.

A Songbird Who Sings said...

Well, I hate to be so boring, but I agree with Sarah's points above. Although, I don't think Grendel has quite the same level of issue with his mother that the monster had with Frankenstein. It's more on a different wavelength, or something. At least his mom saved him when the humans beat on him, and he realizes that she loves him, which is more than Frankenstein'ss monster had.

Also, I think Spencer's infected my mind. I found myself comparing Grendel's revelation about the world while caught in the trees to the Joker's worldview in The Dark Knight. Help.

eqprincess91 said...

LEGIT - I agree with Sarah in that both monsters are intellegent and scare others on sight. However, Grendel clearly had a mother figure while Frankenstein's monster (FM) didn't. Grendel understands love, he feels it towards and from his mother. FM does not understand love - he knows he wants it but he doesn't quite grasp the concept. However, both are corrupted and maddened by the view humanity takes of them. Additionally, both vent their anger through destruction and death, although Grendel seems to enjoy it to some extent, whereas FM often regreted it as soon as his victim was dead

Me, Myself, and I said...

I'm pulling a Spencer. (Legit) I agree with Sarah. "What she said." (I wonder if Spencer will have done this by class next period / have read this. I kind of doubt it).
Grendel is portrayed as a monster, but also as a victim. By his own point of view, there is nothing wrong with him. He is just doing what he has to do. Frankenstein's monster is just what it is. It has to act revengfuly (look! I made a new word!) towards Frankenstein bcause he didn't make it a mate. It just has to, according to its own world view.

Just like, if you look for it, there is always a Jesus figure in pretty much every story, there is always a way to referance something to Dark Knight. Challenge- think of something that can't be related.
Bet you can't do it, if you think hard enough about the movie.
There's all sorts of things in there that can be connected.

Mrs. Richardson? Can we please just go watch that movie? (As a class)