From the moment he appears in the story, Grendel is an outcast in every conceivable manner. He is described as a monster, a powerful demon (ln. 86), and a fiend out of hell (ln.100). His form, although vaguely humanoid, is hideous and deformed with fiery eyes where "flame, more then light, flared from" (ln. 727). Grendel has swift, hard, and "open claws" (ln. 747), and enormous teeth that snatch the life out of his victims, which are numerous. This "shadow stalker, stealthy and swift" (ln. 703) doesnt stop at killing, but also eats of the flesh and drinks the blood of his prey. "He bit into his bone-lappings, bolted down his blood/and gorged on him in lumps" (ln741-742). Not only is Grendel set apart from humanity by his grotesque appearance and monstrous actions, but by his bestial mindset which renders him "malignant by nature" (ln.137). His mind... [continues]
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