As depicted in Beowulf, why does Grendel hate Heorot?

Grendel is banished from God's light because of his ancestor, Cain. Grendel hates Heorot because he has to hear the people praise God for all that he was given, a beautiful world filled with light, which he was exiled from. When Beowulf decides to fight Grendel, the warriors are in high spirits and good spirits at the thought of killing the monster which has plagued their village for so long. They feel as though they will be rewarded greatly, not just by King Hrothgar but by God Himself, if they slay this evil being. This shows that they believe that they are doing what is right and what God wants them to do by killing this creature.

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The epic Beowulf exists as a text which portrays the ever present and consistent battle of good and evil.  One of the evil beings in the text is introduced in the opening chapter of the epic. Grendel, a descendant of Cain, has been exiled by God (from his light) because of his ancestor. Given that Grendel took no true part in his banishment, he hates both God and those who worship God.

Hrothgar built Heorot to honor all that the Lord had blessed him with (being power, wealth, and success in battle). Given that Grendel was "tormented by the hall's jubilant revel day by day," his anger and hatred for the Dane people grew immensely. Not only did Grendel listen to the praise of God, he had to hear the people praise God for creating a beautiful world, filled with light, which they could worship in. Given his exile from God's light, Grendel hated what Heorot represented--God and his love. Since Grendel could not act out against God himself, he choose to act out against God's people and the place built for the worship of God, Heorot.

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