Though Grendel's mother is clearly a monster, it might be interesting to compare her to a "normal" mother. There are supernatural and other-worldly elements to her character; however, she is also just a mother who has lost a son. You might be surprised at how human this monster is once you start looking.
Here are a few suggestions for topics or questions you ask yourself that relate to Grendel's mother. Once you think about these topics/questions, you can then craft an essay about her.
- How does her wanting vengeance for her son's death fit with the Anglo-Saxon codes of life?
- How does she fight? Does she fight fair?
- How do her weapons match those of Beowulf?
- What is the significance of the battle taking place in her fen, rather than the mead-hall?