Grendel's Last Word Analysis

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Grendel’s last words can be seen as either a blessing or a curse depending on the reader’s perception of the book. Throughout the whole novel Grendel goes through many realizations in his life, in the beginning Grendel sought out for answers, that maybe he can find out who or what he really is. Grendel throughout his life has labeled himself as a loner because he had no one to converse with. His shadow alone was his only friend. Despite his mother living in the cave with him, Grendel doesn’t see her as another person to talk with since she throughout the novel has not said a single word to Grendel. Leaving Grendel to believe she doesn’t know how to talk or that it’s been so long that she has long forgotten how to form words or to speak.

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