If there are no clear philosophical answers to the question of existence, then each individual has to design their own life as a project. But if they received nothing but pain and misery all their lives, they wouldn't think life had anything for them, making them believe life is empty and has no meaning to it, making them existentialists. Both characters approach their goals with different motives, but an influential and commanding ambition ultimately illustrates their similar treachery. The Scyldings and the Geats go to sleep, and silence falls over Hart. His nihilistic revelations about the indifference of the universe and the relativity of values are nothing more than a feeble attempt to justify his role as a murderer. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1991, p 1273 Rebsamen, Frederick. He is not ready to give everything up because he is still hopeful that if he lives he will eventually find what he is searching for.
Meanwhile, At the meadhall, Beowulf remains remote from his men and his hosts. Grendel seeks out the dragon to receive clarity. A person could fixate on the central point, that life is meaningless, but just as most everything in life is, as Gardener tries to prove, it is subjective. Grendel was not the perfect existentialist. I love how you said that Grendel's death was the best fate for him. The antagonist Grendel travels on a journey of self-discovery, eventually becoming a nihilist, only to be gallantly disproved by the hero Beowulf. Philosophy, Theory, and Belief Grendel can be seen as a novel of competing ideas.
He murders humans as well, catching anyone unlucky enough to run into him. Unferth cannot kill Grendel, and Grendal refuses to kill the would-be hero. With a negative mindset, Grendel. Whether or not that is the same for you, I am not sure, but I do know that life is very hard to go through without feeling like you have a reason to be here. Tedium is the worst pain.
Nature and Time Throughout the novel, Grendel and other characters attempt to answer large questions concerning nature and time. Plus, he never has to worry about the loneliness and alienation that he feels. He regarded his investigations as an attempt to disclose or uncover the concealed nature of being. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. In the end Gardner proves that the virtues of individuality and meaning triumph over meaningless violence and destruction. The coming of Beowulf is the ultimate abomination of nihilism.
I don't think that's what we're really seeking. Grendel is initially confused about the things around him, but soon encounters humans, creatures who seem to share a common language and thought. Kierkegaard : Police man in the corner. Like existentialists, nihilists deny the existence of any inherent meaning or value in the world. Existence: Origins of the Existential Movement Famous Philosophers The Pros and Cons of Existentialism Pros: --We are utterly free and have no one to answer to. This makes the God-cursed brute one of the most evil villains in literature.
By doing this, he encourages the Thanes to live-up to their false glory. GradeSaver, 8 December 2010 Web. All the rest, I saw, is merely what pushes me, or what I push against, blindly-as blindly as all that is not myself pushes back. He envies both the Shaper and Hrothgar their companionship, even though he is constantly complaining about their self-deception and futility. If they were here for war, the coastguard was a goner. Grendel portrays a ridiculous character that is convinced…. This quote spoke to me because it demonstrates how Grendel is pressured into living an existentialist lifestyle by the very forces that he says push upon him.
You can look at the behavior that others exhibit. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. So much for the harvest-virgin. Nihilism: Grendel saw what Nihilism did to the dragon, what it made the dragon become and that was not what he wanted for his life. The monster Grendel begins life as an existentialist. And thus, my own curiosity over existentialism and naturalism began.
Throughout the novel these literary techniques help Gardener to establish the idea of an already corrupt mind, collapsing around the edges. His ability to speak marks him as different from the rest of the natural world that cannot respond to him. Man learns by making choices and committing to those choices. She names no pretense at a happy future. Connection to Novel The band of Geats arrive on water while Grendel watched anxiously anticipating facing them in battle.