Leading Lit Discussions: A collaborative investigation into truth making via Grendel

Our journey through this text will be led by you via literature discussions! But it is likely you have rarely, if ever, led a lit discussion before! Thus use the guide linked below in order to ensure that you and your classmates extract as much knowledge and meaning from the text as possible!

Guide to Leading a Lit Discussion

Rubric For Evaluating Lit Discussion Leadership

The Dragon and Grendel Discuss Truth

“Grendel” Discussion Chapters 1-2

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For discussion and reflection (and maybe a journal entry or two):

  • Why does the ram make Grendel angry..why is he so angry period?
  • Contemplate Grendel as other characters from lit. Does he remind you of anyone? For me, it’s Holden from Catcher in rye, The narrator from notes from underground; what is genesis of frustration in all these characters?
  • What does Grendel think of the humans behavior as they’re observing him in the tree
  • Pg. 13– “I understood that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual brute enmity in which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears” discuss
  • Page 16 is crucial… “suddenly I knew I was dealing with the most dangerous creatures I had ever met— pattern makers”
  • Middle of 17 also.. “all that I had come to understand— the meaningless object ness of the world, the universal brutality
  • Why, at the bottom of 18, does he state aloud what perceptions he is experiencing?
  • What is meant by, “ I observe myself experiencing what I observe”?