When Grendel invades this setting

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When Grendel invades this setting, he strikes at the very heart of the Scyldings. Grendel's heritage is  essential to his enmity. He is a descendant of the biblical Cain, the eldest son of Adam and Eve who  killed his brother Abel out of jealousy (Genesis 4). Cain's name in Hebrew is  Qayin , meaning  "creature," and the legend is that the monsters of the earth are his descendants. Grendel resents the  joyful beauty of Heorot and its inhabitants. The  scop 's Song of Creation (90–98) especially enrages  him because it tells of the beauty and light of God's creation, which Grendel can never recover for  himself. The modern reader might think it odd that the poem's narrator interrupts his description of the glories  of the hall to foreshadow (82–85) the hall's eventual destruction by Hrothgar's son-in-law, but such  digressions are common in  Beowulf. 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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