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Grendel

By John Gardner (3)

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John Gardner's Grendel is a modern twist on Beowulf. Gardner portrays Beowulf’s monster as an intellectual frustrated by the limitations of life. His mother, with whom he lives, is unable to hold an intelligent conversation, and the same holds true for the animals of the forest. Grendel is victim and aggressor: he first meets men when he slips from his cave and is attacked by a band of warriors. Grendel recalls how a singer he calls "the Shaper" sang of life's beauty, but he follows the advice of the dragon - to do as he likes and feel no compunction about it. The dragon places a spell on Grendel to make him invulnerable, and the monster begins eating men without having to fight them first. He laughs off King Hrothgar's man Unferth, and decides to protect him to show his own power. He falls half-in-love with the queen, deciding to spare her, because to kill her would be pointless. When the Shaper dies, some dark fate appears to be approaching. At last Beowulf arrives, and lures Grendel to the mead hall where he fatally injures him. Young adults will appreciate Gardner’s ironic retelling of the epic, and enjoy hearing the first literary villain's side of the iconic tale.

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    Response Journal: Grendel (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    39 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Response Journal: Grendel (eBook)

    This Prestwick House Response Journal is specifically designed to help students relate ideas in literature back to their own experiences. This eBook provides chapter-by-chapter reproducible prompts to help students reflect on what they've read, bridging their life experiences with the adventures of the characters. As part of the response-centered movement, critical thinking journals make a superb warm-up activity that will eventually culminate into a personal reference.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Response Journals series. Other best-selling titles include: Rebecca; The Secret Life of Bees; Into The Wild; The Bluest Eye; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Brave New World; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook response journals, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Activity Pack: Grendel (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    121 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Activity Pack: Grendel (eBook)

    It's possible to energize student learning while accomplishing state-set objectives and national criterion with Prestwick House Activity Packs! Students will learn crucial abstract literary concepts, including the subtlety of style and plot, the elaborateness of theme, and the inclinations of their favorite characters. With this eBook, a variety of reproducible exercises are offered, giving students hands-on experience that will prove integral to their literary experience and indispensible to educators.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Activity Pack series, comprised of some of the following titles: Into The Wild; Life of Pi; The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Poisonwood Bible; The Bluest Eye; Beowulf. All aforementioned Prestwick House Activity Packs, as well as the rest of the series, can be viewed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button on the left.


     
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    Teaching Unit: Grendel (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    50 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: Grendel (eBook)

    For either the new or experienced teacher, Prestwick House's Teaching Units serve as a useful resource for teaching a new book, with a broad selection of eBook guides available for immediate download. Chapter-by-chapter exercises help students achieve scholarly objectives with essay and discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and a multiple-choice test. Educators will save time and energy with this indispensible teaching resource.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Teaching Units series. Other best-selling titles include: The Lottery; Life of Pi; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Thousand Splendid Suns; The Outsiders; The Gift of the Magi; I Know What You Did Last Summer, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook guides for teaching, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.