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When one looks at Grendel as opposed to the dynamic relationship to Beowulf one must first look at Beowulf's personality. He is an epic hero which means that he likes a challenge. Grendel serves as that challenge. Beowulf travels to Grendel to take on the challenge.
Grendel himself is not born of man but of a sea creature. He is powerful and dwells in a cave. He seems to have no fear of man which he evidences by attacking willingly at various times of day or night. Grendel is like a plague that is able to wipe out large groups of a population. Grendal has an endurance and a penchant for violence like nature's storms. He lingers and terrorizes the people of Herot.
Grendal is believed to be a decendent from the race of Cain.
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