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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.


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.


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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