Evidence of Existentialist Philosophy In John Gardner's Grendel Analytical Essay by Annette

Evidence of Existentialist Philosophy In John Gardner's Grendel
This essay traces the development of Grendel's reluctant acceptance of an existentialist philosophy in John Gardner's novel.
# 4359 | 1,700 words | 4 sources | 2003 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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The following essay shows how the central character in Gardner's novel, Grendel, moves away from a nihilistic sense of self and toward what eastern philosophies describe as a sense of enlightenment.

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"In his very early days, even the evil, man-eating Grendel was an innocent creature. "I lived those years, as do all young things, in a spell. Like a puppy nipping, playfully growling preparing for battle with wolves" (Gardner 16). It is only when he ventures into the world and gets caught in a tree from which he is unable to escape, that he experiences his first fears that the world is not as he had previously conceived it to be. With his foot stuck in the tree and a bull repeatedly charging, but missing him, Grendel comes to a realization. "I understood that, finally and absolutely, I alone exist. All the rest, I saw, is merely what pushes me or what I push against, blindly . . ." (Gardner 22). It is also during this particular scene that Grendel first comes into contact with men."

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