A monster can be many things if one is to just sit back and think about it.
Monsters are the things that go bump in the night and scares women and children and also men. People are told that these things we call monsters are creatures in caves or an eight foot creature with fangs and claws and if someone was to look the wrong way it will rip them to a hundred pieces. But what really makes a monster a monster to some it is a person like Macbeth who in the cares for no one but himself and he would kill anyone in his way to get that which is so great to him. “I am in blood stepp’d in far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er”. '' Macbeth, acts 3, scene 4.
To some this is what defies a monster. What if Grendel the monster from Beowulf was not the monster but yet just a helpless creature who didn’t know any better and if that’s the case why didn’t Hrothgar just move a way from the island instead of trying to kill him and having all his men killed. Lets face it Grendel was just a guy that was sleeping and was a woken by some men singing to loud and woke him up. Some people are pretty grumpy when they are waked up from a nap. But everyone knows that he was a very dangerous creature that didn’t like singing or merriment. To some people may think that Grendel was just a creature that didn’t know any better and the maybe Beowulf was the monster. ”Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend/ Grendel who haunted the moors, the wild/marshes, and made his home in a hell. / Not hell but hell on earth. He was spawned in that slime/of cain, murderous creatures banished/by god, punished forever for the crime/ of Abel’s death.” lines 101-108. The only reason the king Hrothgar called on Beowulf to kill Grendel in which he made Grendel seem like a monster. As many can see by the quote from Beowulf above even he makes the creature out to be a monster. Let’s not forget Frankenstein’s monster...