Comparing Beowulf And Beowulf Essay

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A Detailed Description of the Contrast in Prejudice used in
Beowulf and Beowulf and Grendel The ignorance of the human mind often leads to myopic and blind prejudice against others of whom we have no prior knowledge. This has hindered humanity since the beginning of time, leading to wars and obnoxious disputes over vapid misconceptions. This same prejudice that has obstructed humanity is prevalent in both the Beowulf epic poem (Heaney) and in Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson), a movie that was produced in 2005, as Beowulf holds dense presumptions on Grendel, the antagonist. Although prejudice is shown in both works, the two pieces hold distinct development and alterations of prejudice towards Grendel. In Beowulf and Grendel, we are given a Beowulf who starts out much like his counterpart in the epic poem, stringent and obstinate, but then develops the modern ideal that the roots of good and evil cannot be seen on the surface of a being, and in Beowulf we are presented with an obdurate protagonist who does not stray from his preconceived notions of Grendel. This contrast in the two works portrays the paramount difference in cultural values between these two periods of time, as the modern day movie of Beowulf and Grendel challenges the austerity of the epic by transforming the ideals of Beowulf to draw understanding and sympathy from the audience for Grendel, an audience likely to be opposed to the abhorrent callousness maintained by many of the characters in the epic.…

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