Examples Of Grendel In Beowulf

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This paper will examine Grendel as a human like figure; how his misfortune of being cast as an outcast may have affected his decision to attack the innocent. Grendel, a monster, and son to a jealous protective being; a being who lurked in the darkest corners of the earth. The two are said to have both exhibited humanlike qualities. So much so, that they can feel emotions, and communicate using noise. Grendel, an outcast to society lurks in the night killing the men in a nearby meadhall.
The word,“Monster,” was frequently used to categorize a child who was born with birth defects and similarly used when referring to demons. Early on in the story, Beowulf, the idea of a demon being ugly, destructive and fierce was established; “So times were pleasant for the people there until finally one, a fiend out of hell, began to work his evil in the world. Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches…” (99-107).
Grendel was a lost soul, a societal reject, “this unhappy being had long lived in the land of monsters since the Creator cast them out as kindred of Cain” (103-106). The fact that Grendel is a direct descendent of Cain is extremely important to this issue; since the story in Genesis says that God punished Cain by
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Grendel has a strong desire for human acceptance. He craves to live within human society and wants to experience the love and joy he sees when he finds Heorot. Sadly, the love he covets will never be found; he will always be seen as a monster and an outcast to human society. Perhaps, it can be assumed that he wishes for love and joy because he grew up in a world of monsters, one of hate, violence, and

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