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After the struggle with Grendel's mother, why does Beowulf search for Grendel? Why does...

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kaitlinldavis | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 3, 2011 at 4:36 AM via web

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After the struggle with Grendel's mother, why does Beowulf search for Grendel? Why does he feel angry?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM (Answer #2)

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Your question does not match the events of the story, I'm afraid. Beowulf comes to Hrothgar's aid and battles with Grendel, eventually killing him. Grendel's mother comes back to Hrothgar's Hall (Heorot) to retrieve her son's arm and Beowulf follows her, eventually killing her, as well. There is no searching for Grendel by Beowulf--or anyone else, for that matter--and Beowulf does not feel angry. If you mean why does Grendel feel angry, the story says he "nursed a hard grudge" against Hrothgar and Heorot, but that's about all we know.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM (Answer #3)

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The purpose of the story is for Beowulf to search for and kill Grendel. That is his goal the entire time. I am not sure that angry is the right word for it. He is definitely focused and fierce, but that is what the legendary hero is supposed to be like when he takes off on his quest.
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM (Answer #4)

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Yes, unfortunately #2 is completely correct. You seem to have become slightly confused about the order of events in this excellent epic. The reasons for Grendel's anger are of course never disclosed to us in the text. Please use the study guide of enotes to remind yourself once again of the plot, and then if you need to reword your question, we will see if we can help.

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michellekimball | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2011 at 5:40 AM (Answer #5)

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Actually number 1 is right.I have here my question, as it is written like number 1 put it.My school is the one who wrote it that way.Not us, and if you think we are confused just imagine how we feel when we look for help and thats the answer we get.We are not the confused ones.You are.We are looking for help.

 

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prettyneeesha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM (Answer #6)

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Well After finding the Mystic Sword and cutting off Grendel's mother head off. Beowulf wanted to get his full revenge because he was still angry with Grendel killings. So he finds him and cut off his head too. To bring it home to the king.

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