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Describe Grendel physically using quotes from Beowulf.

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canterburytales | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 27, 2009 at 5:48 PM via web

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Describe Grendel physically using quotes from Beowulf.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 28, 2009 at 7:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Grendel, as described in Beowulf, is horrible indeed. A clawed monster of great strength and cunning, he can move quickly and quietly in the night, as he did when he invaded Herot to carry off thirty warriors:

The monster's

Thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws:

He slipped through the door and there in the silence

Snatched up thirty men, smashed them

Unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies,

Grendel's eyes reflect his evil nature as they "[g]leamed in the darkness, burned with a gruesome Light." He has "swift hard claws," "powerful jaws," and "great teeth." Furthermore, Grendel's skin was impenetrable in battle: "[T]he sharpest and hardest iron / Could not scratch at his skin."

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ilikeweed12345 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:49 AM (Answer #2)

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