The Question and Answer section for Grendel is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
In Chapter Two, Grendel reflects on his childhood. He used to play games in the subterranean home he shared with his mother. He would attack and hide from shadows as he explored the myriad caves. He discovers the pool of the fire snakes, which he...
Both of these chapters fit in well with the theme of isolation. Grendel is isolated and shunned because of his appearance and his inabilty to communicate. The villagers judge him, and in turn, they label him a monster.