In Beowulf, the character Grendel’s appearance is open for interpretation. Do we really know what he looks like? We know he’s an evil demon. We know he’s powerful. But what does he look like, physically? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines caricature as follows: a ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject. So, caricatures are pictures that grossly exaggerate some characteristic of a person to either make fun of that person, to entertain, or to prove a point. Caricatures are used today for these same reasons. If you’re artistic and want to give this extra credit assignment a shot, let’s see what you can come up with.
1. Find a photographic representation of Grendel by doing a Google search. Be sure to select a photograph that you can recreate in your own artistic way. Your caricature should resemble the original photograph in many ways with your own twist on it.
2. Draw an original caricature of Grendel. On the back write a brief paragraph telling why your drawing qualifies as a caricature.
*If drawing is not a talent you have, you may use a graphic arts program on the computer to do your caricature or use cut-outs from a magazine to do an abstract art type of caricature. Whatever you do, make it your best work.