The Question and Answer section for Grendel is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Grendel is a novel driven by the main character's sense of isolation. Grendel cannot relate to his mother, whom he considers little more than a brute beast, nor can he make himself understood by the humans he encounters, even though he...
The reason is never completely stated. I think it might have something to do with Beowulf wanting to watch how Grendel attacks and catching Grendel off guard.
Im sorry, you note an excerpt, but you haven't provided the necessary text. Please advise.