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by John Gardner

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Grendel tells the story of Grendel and Hrothgar's intertwined fates leading up to the arrival of Beowulf. The novel reflects upon Grendel's twelve years at war with Hrothgar and his people, with each chapter focusing on a different philosophical school of thought under consideration by Grendel. The overarching plot is Grendel's search for meaning and identity in what appears to be a meaningless cosmos. Through his quest, Grendel meets a variety of characters, from Hrothgar, his human foil, to the dragon, a would-be mentor whose highest thought is the meaningless of all existence. Grendel passes the seasons paradoxically avoiding and seeking out the company of the local humans, the Scyldings, and observes their development as a civilization…

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Posted By tiana h #352119 at Jan 05, 2014 12:05 PM

Why is grendel so angry and homicidal

What is the reason why Grendel is homicidal

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Posted By danny d #343155 at Oct 28, 2013 8:08 PM

what would grendel write in an entry journal the days event before he dies with his remaining arm

what would Grendel write in a journal entry of the days events with his remaining arm before he dies

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