Comparing Beowulf, Beowulf And Grendel Essay

1280 Words Oct 6th, 2015 null Page
A difference in time can be experienced in many different ways, one of these ways being the change in cultural values over long periods of time. This change is seen when you look at both the movie from 2005, Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson), and the folk epic from around the year 1000, Beowulf (Heaney). What someone may notice right away is the thousand year difference in the creation of the works, but if time is taken to read and watch these stories, the difference is found to be much more diverse. Throughout the epic poem of Beowulf, the character Beowulf himself is seen as a sort of folk hero in almost all aspects. While the Beowulf in the 2004 movie, is seen as more of an average and humble man who happens to be a very skilled warrior. These concepts are very apparent when it comes to the contrast in materialism and idealism between the two stories. In the poem Beowulf, the man himself is extraordinary in ways that the normal people of that time couldn’t even believe. There were many stories told about Beowulf’s triumphs, these stories were either told by a witness or by Beowulf himself. One of such stories is as follows, “The truth is this: when the going was heavy in those high waves, I was the strongest swimmer of all. We 'd been children together and we grew up daring ourselves to outdo each other, boasting and urging each other to risk our lives on the sea. And so it turned out. Each of us swam holding a sword, 540 a naked, hard-proofed blade for protection against…

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