Gold in Grendel

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Gold in Grendel Gold has many different uses. In John Gardner’s novel Grendel, it is used as a motif to symbolize different aspects of a character. Though it has a constant meaning throughout the novel, it also differs according to each character. Gardner uses gold as a symbol of majesty as well as protection, greed and power throughout the novel especially related to the characters of the Shaper, Hrothgar and the Dragon respectively. To the Shaper, gold symbolizes majesty as well as protection. He was “beyond the need of any shaggy old gold-friend’s pay (49).” The Shaper did not merely work to earn his gold; he sang his songs of old because they were his passion and his love. The king supported him, and that was all he needed. He had no desire to obtain the gold, and in turn, he gained more. The gold was also his protector. At the time of his death, the women covered his eyes with gold to keep him from seeing where he went (145). It protected him from seeing the corruption and greed in society. Because of this protection, he was able to keep
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