In Beowulf, what is the conflict in The Battle With Grendel?

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I think this question might be asking about a conflict type. If that is the case, then the epic battle that occurs between Beowulf and Grendel is a man vs. man conflict. It is also conceivably possible to list this conflict as a man vs. supernatural conflict. That would only be the case if you consider Grendel as some kind of demon creature from Hell. Personally, I do not support that depiction of Grendel. I think he is a man. I didn't always think that; I initially pictured Grendel as a swamp monster of sorts with scales and spikes, but I don't think that fits the description that we are given.

Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in a hell Not hell but earth. He was spawned in that slime, Conceived by a pair of those monsters born Of Cain, murderous creatures banished By God, punished forever for the crime Of Abel's death.

We are told that he is a descendant of Cain, and Cain was a human from the Bible that was guilty of fratricide. All of Cain's...

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