How does Grendel’s mother deal with Grendel’s death?
It might be tempting for some readers to regard Grendel and his mother as apathetic, unemotional “creatures” given their superhuman strength and appearance. Though they do not enjoy human company, Grendel and his mother do experience emotions, nonetheless. Grendel’s mother’s attacks on Heorot are driven as much by grief as by the desire to avenge her son’s death. Though the evil in her is attributed to her being a descendant of Cain, her reaction is motherly and human, albeit deeply violent.