Beowulf and the 13th Warrior Comparison Essay

889 Words Nov 17th, 2012 4 Pages
The Comparison of “Beowulf” and “13th Warrior” Beowulf is an epic poem written a long time ago. The 13th Warrior is pretty much a movie based on Beowulf but not exactly. The two pieces of literature both shared a lot of differences and similarities as well. The 13th Warrior offered a more realistic, believable, and more understanding of the epic tale of Beowulf. It’s a short story covering the bases of a triumphant hero battling three supernatural monsters. But there had a lot of theatrical remake of the original story; it provides us with the barbaric cannibalistic tribe of the Wendols, which were creatures of the mist. Both the epic Beowulf and the movie the 13th Warrior shared similarities and differences in the struggle of good …show more content…
Still, it does help to build suspense, because it makes us wonder, too. The Denouement of Beowulf is that Beowulf is mortally wounded, but manages to kill the dragon and win its hoard of treasure. Beowulf dies, but so does the dragon. After that, it's obviously all downhill, so this is definitely the denouement. Finally the conclusion of Beowulf is the Geats give Beowulf a splendid funeral and prepare to be attacked by their neighbors. Beowulf is dead, and after mourning his death and celebrating his heroic deeds, the Geats look to the future. Of course, without his protection, it's a pretty bleak future. The movie and poem consist of a plenty of differences. But there were three main differences that came directly to mind. The first is the hero’s name differed, such as Beowulf which in the movie was consider Buliwulf. Wendol is the monster of evil which in the original poem his name was Grendol. The second difference that caught my attention is in the poem Grendol was one creature but the movie construed him as a group of possessed humans. The third thing is the hero of the story was very different. Things such as instead of 13 warriors Beowulf always fought alone. Also in the movie Buliwulf battles Wendol’s mother before he actually killed Wendol. Which as in the poem Beowulf killed Grendol first then the mother. The battle between Buliwylf and the dragon happened soon after

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