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Download this LitChart! Themes All Themes. Symbols All Symbols. Theme Wheel. Themes and Colors Key. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Grendel , which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Grendel forces open the doors of the meadhall and laughs. Everyone is asleep, so he seizes and devours a man. He reaches for another but is mistaken: it is Beowulf , who is actually awake, waiting for Grendel. Grendel screams and imagines that Beowulf has fiery wings, but tells himself to hold onto reality: it is only a man.
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He falls and slips on the bloody floor. He whispers that Grendel makes the world what it is and orders Grendel to sing of the wall he is thrown against. Beowulf laughs. Grendel is so overcome by Beowulf that he regresses and cries for his mother. But Beowulf has a radically different idea. The dragon sees the world as so vast as to make men and their doings meaningless. Beowulf believes the radical opposite—that the world does not even exist without men.
That men and monsters create the world by imagining it. Beowulf's beliefs might be described as radically heroic. He essentially sees himself as god, as creating the world by imagining it.
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Beowulf might be described as the next step in the philosophical evolution of mankind, in which men place themselves at the center of the universe and replace their own gods. Grendel is unprepared for such a fight. Nature and Time. Related Quotes with Explanations. Grendel thinks Beowulf is crazy with his insane ideas.
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