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Grendel Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 3 Summary

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Chapter 3 Summary

Grendel sets out to explain his decision to enter into war with Hrothgar. Grendel says he doesn't blame Hrothgar for trying to hurt him the day he was stuck in a tree. Only much later, as an adult, does he decide to wage war.

Grendel watches humans from the edge of the forest as their warrior society develops. First, they form hunting parties that primarily gather food but sometimes fight over the last scraps of food available in the winter. Then they claim a hillside as their own, clear it of trees, and raise homes, including a large meadhall where they all sleep at night to protect themselves from other men. Grendel describes the decorated interior of the meadhall and the roles of men and women. Men do the hunting, women tend the pigs and cows, plant crops, and cook. At night, the men eat first, then...

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