Gardner does a good job of describing Grendel as a character. He appears to be somewhat intelligent but also very emotional. Grendel seems to be very interested in human relationships and learning more about human knowledge. Grendel lives a very isolated life in which he is enable to communicate with humans, animals, or his mother. Grendel is trapped in his own little world with little forms of communication. Grendel has “come to understand the meaningless objectness of the world, the universal bruteness” (28). Grendel and the humans share a common language, but the human’s disgust and fear of Grendel stop any meaningful exchange. So maybe his distance apart with mankind gives him the hatred towards humans?