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In the epic poem Beowulf an antagonist Grendel is a monster a descendant of the biblical figure Cain Cain is considered an incarnation of evil So Grendel was born banished by God and lived his life accordingly Grendel unleashes his siege on the people of Herot annihilating and feeding on them causing grief and fear to the people The nature of Grendel is characterized by what he is why he is monstrous and what his purpose isGrendel is monster a demon a giant and a hermit He is from the race of Cain believed to be one of the last member of Cains race It was from Cain that all abnormal beings were spawned thus Grendel comes into the picture He is a beast lodging in the outer darkness a giant a cannibal To the people of Herot he is menace the bringer of lot in lifeGrendel is monstrous because he kills and devours people Grendels blood has the ability to dissolve metal He is a giant whose flesh makes a clank when struck with a sword He is a tactful beast who preys on his victims when asleep He lets them get drunk with alcohol and joy weakening their soul having the best chance to attackThe Poet compares Beowulf and Grendel as God and the Devil The Devil Grendel who has the strength to hold 30 men goes into mead hall attacks the people of Herot and leaves the mead hall with ease met his fate His usual routine changed when he battled the mighty Thane Beowulf who has the strength of 30 men Good always prevails evil and it was proved when Beowulf crushed GrendelGrendel is monstrous because he is regressing progression He causes people to flee take faith in pagan idols He distinct by showing old versus new and that new may not always overcome old Grendel serves as a foil a reminder of old ideals and customs His terror and horror
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