Who Was Responsible For Grendel's Downfall

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In “Grendel” by John Gardner, Grendel is falling to his death after his battle with Beowulf, as he falls he sees all the animals witnessing his death and whispers to them “Poor Grendel’s had an accident...So may you all.” (Grendel 174) I believe these words to be a blessing he places upon the animals and creatures he’s tormented. In the midst of his demise Grendel realizes he is free from this mindless, mechanical cycle that all creatures are in, like the bull in the beginning. “He’d struck to low, and even in my terror I understand that he would always strike to low:he fought by instinct, blind mechanism ages old.” (Grendel 21) In this moment he realizes that creatures like the bull are only lead by blind, mindless, mechanism because

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