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What Is the Significance of Grendel's Ancestry?

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How is Grendel's ancestry significant to the poem?

A

He is related to Cain and therefore naturally evil.

B

He comes from a long line of monsters--it's in his blood.

C

God gave Cain "the mark of Cain" so that no one would harm him. Grendel might have this, too.

D

Grendel is from hell so he is naturally evil.

E

Like Cain, Grendel is a miserable exile, which explains his hatred of those having fun together.