What Is Grendel's Reason In Beowulf

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The epic poem Beowulf, translated from Old English by Seamus Heaney, is a story that focuses around the epic hero Beowulf, who ventures out on a quest to assist King Hrothgar in ridding the kingdom of the beast Grendel, and later, Grendel’s mother. Beowulf is renowned as a hero and becomes the ruler of his own land. His life is ended protecting his kingdom against a fearsome dragon. All Beowulf’s opponents fight for a certain reason - and so does Beowulf, but his reason might not be any better than the others. Grendel, the main villain, slaughters innocents for fun. He has no motive in his killings, and enjoys striking fear in his victims, such as on lines 730-733, where “his glee was demonic, / picturing the mayhem: before morning / he

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