The Characters Of Beowulf

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Throughout time, millions of stories have been told, some of which are fairy tales. Some stories have been such an inspiration such as the epic poem, ¨Beowulf¨ which was written thousands of years ago by an anonymous author. The inspiration that this poem had, led to the creation of a movie based around the same plot, which was known as, ¨Beowulf and Grendel¨. Although the book and the movie were based on the same characters and plot, the book and the movie were vastly different in the the faith of Christianity and how Grendel was portrayed in each works. Christianity was very strongly connected to Beowulf in the beginning of the poem. It had been the foundation of who Beowulf was and how he was put into the world. Beowulf was a simple representation …show more content…
Beowulf, in the movie, was a much more arrogant person and had shown no respect for God. Beowulf had been talking with Hrothgar, who was the king, about why the people of Herot were being baptised. Hrothgar mentioned that he had heard of christianity and Beowulf did not show any interest in the idea of it. Later throughout the movie, Beowulf came across Hrothgar being baptised in the river, Beowulf then rode away on his horse and gave no acknowledgment to Hrothgar for his new belief. This could of been to show that Beowulf thought that Hrothgar was weak for following everybody else´s choice of being baptised and joining Christianity. Beowulf therefore had never thanked or acknowledged God for anything that happened, whether it was good or bad. Beowulf may have been doing this because he was so confident in himself and boasted only upon himself for the glory that he wanted to receive. Beowulf did not have any interest in joining Christianity even for the sake of the Grendel problem. He thought he was good enough by himself to solve the problems that the men of Herot had. This could of effected the audience by showing him as a selfish person who only cared about …show more content…
The narrator showed all the flaws that Grendel had, such as him being a powerful monster that lived in the darkness, and never showed the background that Grendel could of had. Grendel was a representation of what satan would be like on Earth. Grendel being the monster he was portrayed as in the book continually kept killing people that lived in the hall of Herot. Grendel would go to Herot at night and kill innocent men for what seemed like no reason. ¨So Hrothgar's men lived happy in his hall Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend, Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild marshes, and made his home in a hell Not hell but Earth,¨ (Anonymous, 39). This quote shows a very descriptive view of how Grendel's character was displayed as a terrifying monster in the narrator's point of view. The quote also shows that the men of the hall were living happily until Grendel came along. Grendel was viewed as this monster that came from the depths of hell to haunt and kill the men of Herot. The narrator was trying to show how mean and terrifying Grendel

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