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Grendel Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1 Summary

Grendel, based on the epic poem, Beowulf, tells the story of the battle between the hero Beowulf and the monster Grendel from Grendel's perspective. In the story, Grendel both defines himself against humankind and longs to feel some connection to humankind. As an outsider to humanity, Grendel has interesting insights into human society, but is primarily interested in defining himself as more than just a killing machine. Grendel attacks humans physically and defends those attacks psychologically. He is a thinking, talking killer who knows his fate, yet still feels drawn into conflict.

Grendel narrates the story of his trip to kill men at Hrothgar's hall for the twelfth time in twelve years. Grendel begins moving in spring when he sees a single ram. Viewing the ram as a trespasser, Grendel howls unsuccessfully to chase him away. Grendel feels compelled to fight his "idiotic war."

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