Grendel cruelly killed others without any sign of guilt or remorse; his actions and feelings when taking the lives of others were not that of someone who feels shame in what he has done. “I laughed. It was outrageous: they came, they fell, howling insanity about brothers, fathers, glorious Hrothgar, and God...I saw myself killing them, on and on and on, as if mechanically, without contest” (Gardner 81). In his description of his first raid on Hrothgar’s mead hall, Grendel described killing the men as a mechanical action that could continue on forever. His nonchalant way of addressing his kills, combined with the fact that he described it as “mechanical”, is evidence of his...
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...rting the claim that Grendel is guilty of crimes of monstrosity and should be convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death at the hands of a suitable hero. Grendel did not feel any remorse for his heinous deeds, took joy and entertainment from his killing, did not fight in self defense, and consciously chose to kill when he had the choice and ability not to. All of these actions were absolutely monstrous because they were wicked, cruel, immoral, and deviated from normal and acceptable behavior. Grendel had the intelligence of a human and the ability to choose not to commit the murders, yet he still did. He was not forced to kill by anyone else or his own nature. Grendel premeditated his monstrous actions, which proves that he has a passion for such viscious acts, and therefore should be sentenced to death for first degree murder and crimes of monstrosity.
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