Role Of Animals In Grendel

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Grendel is on the edge of dying and is on the floor looking at the forest animals that have surrounded him. “ Animals gather around me, enemies of old to watch me die.”(Gardner 173) He is explaining how he gets surrounded by the animals that would be around him. By stating “
Enemies of old to watch me die.” He explains how they are truly enemies and how Grendel despises them.
Another form of which Grendel is proclaiming that animals are to be cursed is that he is talking about how the animals are watching him. “ They watch with mindless ,indifferent eyes as calm and midnight black as the chasm below me.”(Gardner 173) Grendel is explaining how the animals stare him down and how their eyes are dark like death itself. He is talking about how the
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