The last couple of chapters of the book really make you question if Grendel has become more of an intellect than the humans themselves. We have had the question throughout the book, who is Grendel? Why is there only one Grendel? and is grendel really a monster? or is he an animal like you, me, and every other living thing on this planet? Grendel is all alone in a world that is out to get him. The only living creature on this earth that actually cares for Grendel is his mother, and even she seems like she barely pays attention to him. Grendel feels bad for animals when they die, he is learning a lot throughout the book. Like when the bowman shoots the dear Grendel for some reason cant get over it. Just like when he wanted to rip the Queen in half but all of the sudden he decided not too. Even though he still has no problem killing the ordinary man of the time he is becoming more and more sane.
Grendel encounters a goat near the edge of the cliff in one of these last chapters. I don't remember if the goat walks off the cliff or just stands there but Grendel seems annoyed and wants the goat to move. I don't know if Grendel wants the goat to move in order to protect the goat from falling off the cliff or it is merely because Grendel is annoyed with the goat. Grendel bumps into different animals throughout the book but it seems like the goat and the ram are persistent and are the most annoying to him. Even though the bear is the animal that attacks him earlier in the book he is not too bothered by it. I think he is used to fighting interactions. He knows any other animal will fight him, but he is rattled when the goat and the ram stand still and do not approach him. It seems like the goat can be representing jealousy that grendel has. Maybe this goat is portrayed to be a beautiful creature so this makes Grendel upset because when he looks down at his own hands he knows he appeals to no one and there is no one out there for him.
The stranger at the end of the book pretends that he is sleeping only to trick Grendel in order to defeat him. Grendel continuously is going on killing sprees in the mead hall because he can. He is not afraid of the humans like he use to be, maybe it's because of the dragon's charm which might not even be real in the first place. Something has to be done about Grendel's killing sprees. Unferth could not defeat the mighty beast so I believe that the king had to call in a favor from this random stranger. Grendel is killing people while they are sleeping, than grabs the wrist of this stranger. The stranger opens his eyes and grabs Grendel's arm with the tightest grip imaginable. Grendel tries to convince himself that he is only human and he can easily be defeated but Grendel was no match. I believe the author included the stranger having wings and fire breath in order to remind Grendel of the dragon. The dragon has seen everything, and now Grendel is fighting a man with the same qualities of the dragon. In order to defeat a beast you need to have a vision of everything, like this man might have. The stranger rips Grendels arm off and Grendel knows he is going to die. He looks down into pure darkness. He is no more, and the world is no more, the world is nothing without Grendel and he realizes that everyone will die or slip up eventually.