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Beowulf And Grendel Compare And Contrast Essays

Compare and Contrast: Beowulf and Grendel Essay

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There are many similarities and differences between the movie "Beowulf and Grendel", to the poem. Major differences between the movie and the poem would be Grendel himself. In the poem, he is described as an evil monster born from two demons. In the movie, Grendel is actually human, but known as a troll to the warriors and Danes. The poem doesn’t give the background of Grendel or show how the Danes killed his father and the possible reason of his revenge, like in the movie. If the witch, Selma, was not included in the storyline of the movie, the audience would not have known key information that she was used to show from more flashbacks. The witch gives more of an idea about Grendel’s past life that could have been the possibility to…show more content…

The poem does not give this insight of what happens before, or from Grendel's point of view. Seeing this scene in the movie gives the audience a better understanding of why Grendel and also his mother attack the Danes. Later in the movie Beowulf says, "He's no more human than you and I", which is true. If the Danes didn’t kill Grendel's father, the outcome of the story could have possibly been changed because Grendel would have had a different life and not seek revenge on the Danes, specifically the one who Grendel had seen kill his father. In the poem Grendel fights Beowulf, rather than avoiding Beowulf most of the time in the movie. In the poem, Grendel is seen as an evil monster that kills and eats the Hrothgar warriors and cannot be penetrated by weapons, rather than just human, or troll, like the movie. When the battle with Grendel occurs in the poem, it is said that Beowulf had cut off his arm to defeat him. While in the movie, Grendel finds himself stuck hanging, and must cut off his own arm to escape from Beowulf and his men. Both the movie and poem result in the death of Grendel, eventually leading to the revenge of his mother. The battle between Beowulf and Grendel's mother has its similarities and differences as well. Throughout the movie, clues are given about Grendel’s mother when encountering mysterious hands breaching the water while

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In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf is the Geatish hero of the story, while Grendel is humankind's archenemy.

Beowulf, the story's protagonist, arrives to assist Hrothgar, King of the Danes, defeat the ferocious and murderous monster Grendel, who raids the mead hall until it sits empty for a very long time. Our hero arrives with a long list of victories in battle to his credit. He is a man with unshakable valor and integrity....

In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf is the Geatish hero of the story, while Grendel is humankind's archenemy.

Beowulf, the story's protagonist, arrives to assist Hrothgar, King of the Danes, defeat the ferocious and murderous monster Grendel, who raids the mead hall until it sits empty for a very long time. Our hero arrives with a long list of victories in battle to his credit. He is a man with unshakable valor and integrity. He is self-sacrificing. His actions are guided (as are other heroes of the time) for glory and for God. Greeted by Hrothgar's wife, Beowulf explains what motivated him to come to the Danes' aid:

This was my thought, when my thanes and I

bent to the ocean and entered our boat,      

that I would work the will of your people    

fully, or fighting fall in death,                        

in fiend’s gripe fast. I am firm to do             

an earl’s brave deed, or end the days            

of this life of mine in the mead-hall here.

On the other hand, Grendel is a savage creature without honor or compassion for any human:

The monster of evil [Grendel]

Greedy and cruel tarried but little,              

Fell and frantic, and forced from their slumbers

Thirty of thanemen; thence he departed

Leaping and laughing, his lair to return to, 

With surfeit of slaughter sallying homeward.

The narrator reports that when Cain murdered his brother, Abel, God exiled him. Grendel is a descendant of Cain. As Cain was before him, Grendel is isolated from God and the friendship of others. Consequently, the creature finds the sounds of joy and camaraderie coming from Heorot loathsome, which causes him to begin his attacks.

While Beowulf is a brave, proven warrior, Grendel is a creature that fights for the pleasure of killing. Beowulf answers a higher calling in life, but Grendel is answerable to no one. He delights not in glory, but in devastation and suffering.

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