Grendel Summary
John Gardner

Everything you need to understand or teach Grendel by John Gardner.

  • Grendel Summary & Study Guide
  • 4 Student Essays
  • 1 Encyclopedia Article
  • 2 Literature Criticisms
  • 1 Book Notes
  • ...and more
  • 30 Grendel Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Grendel Overview

Grendel is a 1971 fantasy novel by American author John Gardner. This postmodern narrative takes the antagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf and turns him into the narrator and antihero in this work. Grendel, as the novel’s protagonist, contemplates philosophy, including the ideas of Jean-Paul Sartre, as he makes various journeys and faces many battles. Themes explored in the novel include literature and myth, good and evil, and the importance of art.

Study Pack

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Grendel Study Guide

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