Grendel’s NarrativeSo the story tells of a being, not human nor animal or creature but thatof a so called demon named Grendel. Grendel portrays a heartless, mindless,murderous monster who kills for the simplest of all reasons, hate. However,the hate is not born or bred into Grendel; it is acquired by his lifetime ofdealing with an eternal hate towards him, a hate by the humans, formed bythe fear of Grendel. Grendel’s character is defined by his appearance, hisbattle with mankind, and by the pain and longing that Grendel feels for hisabsence from society.Grendel’s appearance as a, “powerful monster,” (line 24) is thebeginning of a series of descriptions that show Grendel to have a much darker,sinister, pure evilness to him.
In line 38 Grendel’s description turns from amonster into, “a demon.” As Grendel’s killing spree forges on, the story tells ofthe bloody feud and how Grendel is seen. In line 96 Grendel is described asthe, “shadow of death.” Grendel is seen as, “bloodthirsty and horrible.”Grendel’s hate is formed by pain caused by exile because the, “exile wasbitter.
” (line 45) Grendel would, “growl in pain,” (line 24) because he feels anutmost impatience, for he can hear day after day the music ringing loud in thehall, “a harp’s rejoiceing call and the poets clear songs.” (line 26,27) Grendellongs to be free from exile and live amongst society but when that does not orcan not happen Grendel’s hate grows stronger. “Hrothgar’s men lived happy in his hall till the monster stirred.
” (line 37,38) Grendel goes up to Herot one night to see what they do in the hall, whenhe arrive’s he finds them all asleep. Grendel lifts up thirty warriors and,”smashed them.” (line 58) Grendel stalk’s back, “so set on murder that nocrime could ever be enough.” (line 72) So Grendel rules, “one against manyand won,” (line 82) until his battle with Beowulf. In the battle Beowulf, mightyprotector of men, tears Grendel’s arm from its socket and Grendel, mortallywounded, crawls to his lair to die.In the story of Beowulf, Grendel represents all that is wrong with theworld, all the disorder and chaos.
Grendel is the evil in all of us. Grendel islike a modern day criminal who takes what they want without any regard tothe rest of society. Grendel also represents certain aspects of nature. Grendelis seen as nature’s fury that pillages anything that gets in it’s way. Grendel islooked at on the same level as evil, hell, and even the devil himself.