Grendel by John Gardner: good guy, bad guy...what do you think?

I know that this isn’t really a GREAT debate, but i’m curious about other people’s opinions

Grendel’s an anti-hero.

The story is a metaphor for the role of women in society. It borrows heavily from Shelley’s Frankenstein, and is not actually as good as it’s supposed to be.

How’s that?

From Grendel, by Marillion:

Anti-hero indeed. The ugly-duckling with six inch razor sharp claws and an overbearing mother. Think of a velociraptor in the Anthony Perkins role of Psycho.

Grendel sees himself as sort of a divine punishment sent in response to all of the evils that the humans were guilty of. I liked the book a great deal, especially the ending.

I like the language. I also think that it makes one examine the whole concept of good guy/bad guy…

Give me ambiguity, or give me something else!