Similarities Between Beowulf And Grendel And Beowulf Essay

1333 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Today’s world is full of cultural differences that were brought on by people migrating. New ideas will be spread; thus, cultures can be changed based on differing areas of influence. We see those changes today in different literary works across the world. Many films that have been based on certain literary works such as Beowulf (Heaney) showed noticeable differences between the characters in the epic and the same characters in the movie. In the movie Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson) and the epic Beowulf, cultural differences can be seen in how the same characters are displayed in various representations. The motion picture, Beowulf and Grendel represents the characters Beowulf, Grendel, and Hrothgar differently from the poem Beowulf because of major cultural concepts that are viewed divergently in today’s world. The Anglo-Saxons, originators of the Beowulf story, saw the heroic protagonist as almost godly, having unbelievable strength and power. Additionally, the narrator, apparently a representative of the medieval mindset, possesses a simplistic understanding with regard to good and evil, seeing all things in terms of a mere duality. Throughout the whole poem Beowulf sees the whole world as either good or evil; even up until the dragon took his life away. This reveals how much prejudice the Anglo-Saxons must’ve had. It gives us the sense that the Anglo-Saxons were sort of barbaric in their ways. Additionally in the epic, Hygelac 's thane is very religious. The dragon…

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