Grendel's Honor In The Epic Of Beowulf

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My dear king, I come to you with a humbled heart and an open mind. It took a tremendous amount of courage and bravery to come before you today. Due to my reputation and my bloodline I am aware of the fact that I am frowned upon amongst the community. I normally do not show my face around your people because of my demonic demeanor. However, I am a considered one of “your people” and like the rest of the community, I have a right to be here. If you have not heard by now, my only son, Grendel, has been brutally murdered by the so-called town hero, Beowulf. He even went so far as keeping his arm as a trophy. “From the rafters where Beowulf had hung it, was the monster’s arm, Arm, claw and shoulder and all.” (Page 11, Lines 41-42) I did not come …show more content…
Please listen as I explain this battle and then aftermath that followed. My Grendel had been “terrorizing” the hall of Herot for 12 years, so it got back to Beowulf and Beowulf along with his fourteen soldiers decides that they wants to come save the day. You, my dear king, hold a feast in honor of Beowulf, because you knew that it would anger my poor Grendel. I believe that it was a set up and that you knew that Beowulf would tear Grendel to pieces. In other words, you are one of the people that I blame for Grendel’s death, no disrespect sir, but I digress. Grendel comes in the night when most of Beowulf’s men are asleep and he snatches up the first solider and rips him apart “Grendel snatched at the first Geat he came to, ripped him apart, cut his body to bits with his powerful jaws.” (Page 9, Lines 14-16). Beowulf let the first two Geats die. I will never understand this, and had Beowulf not done this; there is a small possibility that my Grendel would still be alive. He could have escaped. Grendel attacks Beowulf, but Beowulf attacks back even harder. Grendel wanted nothing but to escape at this point in the battle, but Beowulf just had to rip my baby to shreds. I cannot continue to think about the pain Grendel went through while he battled Beowulf, so I will put and end to this long story. Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off (which caused his slow and painful death) and Grendel runs back to my swamp. I heard a loud moan and …show more content…
No. Was he wrong for killing as many people as he did? Yes. Did he deserve to die? No. No one deserves to die. He is just as much to blame as you, the entire kingdom, and even me. I hope I do not come off as disrespectful sir, but you had no right to basically plan my son’s execution, for that is God’s task, and his alone. I see you yawning sir, and I apologize that my complaint is so long winded. It’s just that, there is no amount of words that could compensate for the death of my son. I just need everyone to know the truth about my son. It does not make it any better that Beowulf is going around boasting about how he killed Grendel. My king, if you had children you would understand, but I am aware of the fact that Beowulf is your nephew and you are trying your best not to be bias. I believe it is time that we all realize the truth. Grendel was no monster, he was an emotionally damaged child who was also emotionally immature. No, I am not trying to excuse his actions, but I want justice to be served. I have never asked anything of you or anyone for that matter, but I am begging you to give justice to my son. No matter what you believe, killing someone is wrong. Bewoulf is no hero, he is a vigilante who believes that taking matters into his own hands will make the world a better place. Think about it my dear king, Beowulf has never been appointed as any type of official to remotely even punish someone, let alone kill someone. You are the king, why

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