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GRENDEL AND 20 TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY. Essential Question #1:. “How does society’s misconception of individuals create monsters?”. Essential Questions #2. “How does Post-modern literature reflect the culture, history, and philosophy of our time?”. 20 th Century Philosophies.

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Grendel and 20 th century philosophy

GRENDEL AND 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY


Essential question 1

Essential Question #1:

“How does society’s misconception of individuals create monsters?”


Essential questions 2

Essential Questions #2

“How does Post-modern literature reflect the culture, history, and philosophy of our time?”


20 th century philosophies
20th Century Philosophies

Post-modernism: 1950’s- present. Movement in art and literature that experiments with nontraditional forms of expression.

I. Existentialism

II. Nihilism

III. Solipsism


John gardner
John Gardner

As an Author

As a man

  • Born in 1933

  • Father was a minister

  • Killed his brother

  • Grotesque, mercurial characters…


Grendel assignment
Grendel Assignment

Read chapter one of Grendeland begin to form your own interpretation of this modern-day masterpiece. Use the questions below a basis for your interpretation (i.e. food for thought). Read each page, and for each page, record your thoughts using the “post it” notes. Eventually, you will use your notes in order to write an analysis paper that incorporate literary criticism. Once you have completed Chapter One, please select a partner (preferably one who has also completed the assignment) in order to compare/contrast interpretations.


Grendel assignment continued
GrendelAssignment Continued

1. What do you know directly (and what can you infer) about Grendel after reading only the first paragraph.

2. Why would John Gardner choose to retell Beowulf from the monster’s point of view? What is to be gained from such a shift?


H w grendel
H.W.: Grendel

Read and annotate Chapter 2 of Grendel.

Bring in a list of the Greek Zodiac signs.