a 750-1000 word essay using one of the prompts below. All papers must have quotes for support (at least two per
Discussion of the prompt: Write an analytical essay based on one of the prompts
below. Analysis requires you
to break down and focus on specific aspects of the text—do not simply
summarize the novel. Pretend
you are examining the novel under a microscope—you are only focusing on
small components, not all details at once.
is the real monster in the novel?
While Grendel engages in many horrific acts, he also accuses
the humans of being more vicious than wolves.
Using specific examples from the novel, state who is the
“greater” monster. Focus
on acts of aggression and compassion.|
the different philosophies behind the monstrous acts of Grendel, the
humans, and the Dragon. Yes,
Grendel eats people. Move
beyond that to the philosophy driving his personal war; don’t
just state the obvious. |
and the Beast: Analyze
the affect the Shaper and Wealtheow have on Grendel.
With each character, Grendel is brought to his knees by their
beauty: the Shaper by his songs and Wealtheow by her physical beauty.
Examine both the positive and negative affects each has on
Grendel. What conclusions
can you draw about the affect of art or beauty in the world / in our
the Dragon’s speech to Grendel.
Define the Dragon’s “philosophy” and analyze how that
philosophy is enacted or thwarted by Grendel’s acts.
How do you see the Dragon’s philosophy playing out in the
Red Horse’s philosophy about anarchy and government.
Apply that philosophy to Hrothgar’s kingdom and Grendel’s
war. How do you see Red
Horse’s philosophy playing out in the world today?|
Ork’s philosophy regarding religion. Compare Ork’s philosophy to
Grendel’s philosophy of religion as it is enacted throughout the
novel. Are they
distinctly different or are they more similar than they appear?|
Grading Criteria: This
assignment is worth 100 points. A
draft of your introduction and two body paragraphs is due Monday,
September 26th. Drafts
do not have to be the neatest writing in the world, but they do need to be
in ink (no pencil). Final
copies are due Friday, September 30th.
Grading will be based on organization, logical flow of ideas,
format, support (quotes), and grammar.