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Summary

Study Guide for John Gardner's Grendel including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about Grendel, ask questions, and get the answers you need.

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Book Basics

Author: John Gardner

Year Published: 1971

Type: Novel

Genre: Fantasy

Perspective and Narrator:

Grendel is narrated in the first person by the monster Grendel, who has an uncanny ability to move beyond his own consciousness to provide insight into other characters.

Tense:

Much of Grendel is written in the present tense, but multiple flashback sequences are written in the past tense.

About the Title:

Grendel takes its name from the book's protagonist and narrator, a monstrous creature who wreaks havoc in medieval Denmark and who originates in the English epic poem Beowulf.

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