Characteristic of Grendel in John Gardner's book, "Grendel"

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Grendel is an unhappy soul in John Gardner's book 'Grendel', because he feels useless in society and doesn't want to accept his given role. Throughout this whole book Grendel feels he has no friend in the outside word and no one to except him besides his own mother. He doesn't want to except his role in society which is to be the Great Destroyer. Man creates a huge problem in Grendel's life and has had a major effect on the way he lives with man.

Grendel is unhappy in many ways. He wants to be accepted by man but never knew why he was always shunned out of there society. Grendel in the beginning never set out to hurt man just understand him. When Grendel shows up the first time in the mead hall he yells 'Mercy! Peace!' But no one even gives him a chance when he walks in holding a dead body and using it for protection against the drunken men swinging axes and swords at him.

Grendel dose not understand this as he says 'they were doomed, I knew, and I was glad.' showing the hope for destruction of the human race. In Grendel's eyes humans are going to destroy themselves and he will be glad when it happens.

Grendel is very lonely in the world of man. He has only one person close to him and that is his mother. She cares for Grendel but just with the natural motherly instincts which Grendel sees as mechanical. Grendel doesn't understand, 'Why can't I have someone to talk to?' as the world starts to look darker in his eyes. Animals of all sorts are enemies of his because they don't understand him. Grendel is more superior

Grendel's role in society is to be...