The mechanical behavior upsets Grendel. Is he demonstrating more free will, more meaningful behavior than the goat?


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Grendel is desperately trying to find meaning in this meaningless goat climbing and climbing. Does the goat have no free will, does Grendel have no free will? Grendel discovers a mountain goat climbing up toward his mere. He warns the goat off, but recognizes that goats are meant to climb, so it will keep climbing. He throws a boulder at it, but misses. Becoming more and more frustrated, Grendel warns the goat again then tosses a broken tree-trunk at the goat. A limb catches the goat and nearly knocks it off the mountain, but still the goat attempts to climb. Grendel hits it with a stone, cracking its skull, but still the goat climbs. Grendel draws back from the goat and throws a rock at it, smashing its face. The monster smiles at his own sense of being threatened by a stupid animal. I think Grendel is merely manipulating his environment to give himself the illusion of free will.