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Grendel is an unhappy soul in John Gardners book Grendel because he feels useless in society and doesnt 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 doesnt want to except his role in society which is to be the Great Destroyer Man creates a huge problem in Grendels life and has had a major effect on the way he lives with manGrendel 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 Grendels eyes humans are going to destroy themselves and he will be glad when it happensGrendel 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 doesnt understand Why cant 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 dont understand him Grendel is more superiorGrendels role in society is to be the great destroyer The Dragon tells Grendel this You improve them my boy You stimulate them but Grendel dose not want to except it HE want to be part of the humanistic world
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