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Grendel on the Moors Or How Grendel Got His Groove Back It is true that Grendel is monstrous He is not only a deadly enemy to Hrothgar and Herot but to the Geats in general Grendel seems to take his only pleasure from assaulting Herot and destroying the warriors inside He is a bane to all those that live under Hrothgars rule They hate him He is called the enemy of mankind 29 and rightly so However because of Grendels actions they cannot see the other part of Grendel that makes him do the evil he does Grendel like the Angels before and the Geats soon after is symbolic of displaced racespeoples and not simply a mindless monster When Adam and Eve had children they had two boys Their names were Cain and Able When Cain killed Able God banished him far from mankind 29 From Cain came trolls elves monsters and giants Grendel is a descendant of Cain so he shares Cains banishment Cain may have been the first displaced person after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden Grendel shares his ancestors sentence He is displaced not only from whatever land or wealth he would have if he were human but he is also displaced form God It is this displacement that causes Grendel to destroy Since he cannot approach the throne 28 like other people he chooses to try to destroy the throne because he has no love for him God 28 This is the main reason Grendel is symbolic of displaced peoples After all he is a direct descendent of the very first displaced people Adam and Eve However unlike Adam and Eve Grendel is doomed to an eternity of banishment from Gods light because of Cains sin against his brother That is why Grendel kills because he cannot be in the light because he is at war with God Grendel is not only banished from Gods light
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