The following passage comes from chapter 5 of Grendel. It is found on page 73. Read the passage, then create a new google document and write a one page double spaced response that addresses the prompt. Use size 12 font. You may use your novel.
The dragon tipped up his great tusked head, stretched his neck, sighed fire. “Ah, Grendel!” he said. He seemed that instant almost to rise to pity. “You improve them, my boy! Can’t you see that yourself? You stimulate them! You make them think and scheme. You drive them to poetry, science, religion, all that makes them what they are for as long as they last. You are, so to speak, the brute existent by which they learn to define themselves. The exile, captivity, death they shrink from – the blunt facts of their mortality, their abandonment – that’s what you make them recognize, embrace! You are mankind, or man’s condition: inseparable as the mountain-climber and the mountain. If you withdraw, you’ll instantly be replaced…
I was sure he was lying. Or anyway half-sure. Flattering me into tormenting them because he, in his sullen hole, loved viciousness. I said, “let them find some other ‘brute ‘existent’, whatever that is. I refuse.”
“Do!” he said leering scornfully. “Do something else, by all means! Alter the future! Make the world a better place in which to live! Help the poor! Feed the hungry. Be kind to idiots! What a challenge!”
Prompt: Consider how the Shaper’s art affected Grendel in previous chapters. How does Grendel’s experience with the Shaper relate to this dialogue between Grendel and the dragon?