Grendel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Grendel feel about the brainless ram?

Grendel finds the ram brainless and yet full of the nature that surrounds them. The ram is a pure animal but lacks the dignity that the speaker feels in himself. The ram is mindless. It moves through the world searching for food, shelter, and a mate. The ram struggles to avoid danger. Unlike the speaker, the ram does not think about the larger world around it, but only about satisfying its most basic needs.

2. Does Grendel have delusions about his own intelligence?

Grendel admits that he does not feel he is very far above the ram in intelligence. He is no more than a creature crouched in darkness and surrounded by the smell of death. The only apparent difference between Grendel and the ram is that Grendel is aware of his own thoughts and has some ability to articulate them.

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