Grendel's Words Analysis

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In the novel “Grendel” by John Gardner, Grendel’s last words “Poor Grendel’s had an accident… So may you all,” are meant as a curse. Throughout the end of chapter 12, Grendel is battling Beowulf in which most animal mankind is just standing watching him get defeated. Grendel’s words are basically meant to affect the animal kingdom. In chapter 12 it says, “Animals gather around me, enemies of old, to watch me die. I give them what I hope will appear a sheepish smile,” (Gardner 173). While Grendel is suffering, he sees how they are in a group watching him slowly dieing. After Grendel gives them a smile, he realizes how he is done. Those animals/enemies are just staring at Grendel instead of giving him some sort of help. “They watch with mindless,indifferent

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