By some means the past always repeats itself and the stories give us illustrations of obstacles in the future. Beowulf gives us a perfect illustration of this. The story relates to times then and times now in our society. When Beowulf was written is unknown to the date but it’s believed to written before AD 521. But it’s said that it’s used as an Anglo Saxon poem. Beowulf tells the story of the jealous monster Grendel. He (Grendel) lives near the area of the Great Hall of Heorot. Grendel was against any type of happiness or celebration that went on at the hall so he terrorized the people and killed many. This compares to society now because many people do some of the similar things that Grendel did. These are called hate crimes. Because I feel like Grendel did all of this because he was just a jealous and hateful creature. And every day in society we see this happening all the time. It’s as if times have not changed. You may have someone that goes around harassing people just because he/she is hateful. Also like in Beowulf King Hrothgar is too afraid to do something about it, so his father sends for Beowulf to come handle the Grendel situation. But before Beowulf come he picks ten of his good men to come fight with him. This also relates to today society because Beowulf was used as this type of hero that comes and saves the day. And in our society we have many people that are like Beowulf, who help people like our law enforcement and everyday people who are just
their slumber, Grendel swiftly removed the reinforced door to the Herot with monstrous strength and viciousness.
Grendel's strides were expansive. With each step, the beast's massive, calloused feet practically flew, one after the other. "His eyes gleamed in the darkness, burned with a gruesome light". Before any of the soldiers had the chance to be awoken, Grendel extinguished the life of a Geat. Torn apart like a soft bread, the corpse was drained and wholly devoured. Grendel lets loose a…
of unwary, drunk warriors in their sleep, Grendel quickly detached the armored door to the Herot with outrageous strength and fierceness. Grendel’s steps were expansive, with each step the beast's massive calloused feet practically flew one after the other. The floor seemed to be instantly exiled due to his impressive swiftness. "His eyes gleamed in the darkness, burned with a gruesome light". In advance of the soldiers had the chance to be awoken, Grendel perished the life of a Geat. Torn apart like…
The various adaptations of the Beowulf legend provide a form of courageousness. The following are sources concerning the Beowulf myth: Grendel, a novel by John Gardner, and Beowulf and Grendel, a film directed by Sturla Gunnarson. These pieces contain acts of genuine bravery, but they also depict instances where lack of courage is shown. The prevalence of bravery juxtaposed with cowardice within the novel and the film suggests that acts of heroism are situational and dependent upon one’s exhibited…
The novel Grendel by John Gardner portrays a significantly
different picture of Grendel than the epic poem Beowulf paints. Grendel is
a non-human being who posses human qualities. In either story it is not
specified what type of being Grendel is, nor does it tell of what exactly
Grendel looks like. The only idea the reader has of the sight of Grendel is
the small hints either author gives. We know he stands on two feet as
humans do, we know he is covered in hair, and we know…
March 10, 2013
Literary Analysis: Grendel and Grendel’s Mother
Throughout the epic story of Beowulf the struggle of light and dark is apparent in many examples. The two main sources of the darkness for the story are provided by the first two monsters Beowulf must conquer in the defense of Herot. The horror of a monster named Grendel is what causes Beowulf to even travel to Herot, after his defeat the fury of Grendel’s mother causes another attack. Striking fear into the whole…
‘Beowulf’ – Most Significant Villain
1. Argue why this villain is important
a) Refer to the role of the villain.
b) Do they further the storyline and make Beowulf more heroic
c) Is the villain engaging and complex?
2. Use textual details and language analysis to support your argument.
3. You have 2 minutes to persuade us.
* The role of the villain is a catalyst for Beowulf’s heroic journey.
* It is the starting point for Beowulf’s journey which would not happen…
22 October 2013
Warrior code in Beowulf
Beowulf, which was written centuries ago, was one of the most important works of English literature. The context of the epic is the sixth century in what is now known as Denmark and Sweden. In such a society where Beowulf takes place, the warrior code, which includes reputation, courage, loyalty and revenge, defined how a noble person should act. This heroic adventure tells the tale of Beowulf, a brave knight, whose fame is known throughout…
Grendel arrives. Beowulf fights him unarmed, proving himself stronger than the demon, who is terrified. As Grendel struggles to escape, Beowulf tears the monster’s arm off. Mortally wounded, Grendel slinks back into the swamp to die. The severed arm is hung high in the mead-hall as a trophy of victory.Grendel arrives. Beowulf fights him unarmed, proving himself stronger than the demon, who is terrified. As Grendel struggles to escape, Beowulf tears the monster’s arm off. Mortally wounded, Grendel…
September 21, 2014
Beowulf: Poem vs. Futuristic Movie Adaption
Beowulf, was written by an anonymous writer during the time of the Anglo-Saxon period. It is an epic poem telling the tale of King Hrothgar and his troubles with the vicious creature, Grendel. It also brings to life the warrior Beowulf and his journey to helping King Hrothgar with the Grendel and the Grendel’s mother. In 1999, director Graham Baker, directed a futuristic version of the Beowulf poem. (Baker, Beowulf) The movie is more…
be something that is considered as being “good” in the United States. In the epic poem “Beowulf”, Beowulf is portrayed to be a great warrior who almost always determines his self worth by how courageous and strong he is. In the Dark Ages when a man showed his strength in battle that was one of the most important things that they can do. In this folklore, the one thing that seems to push the protagonist Beowulf besides from his pride is his morality. The involvement of his morality is what sets him…