Beowulf Compare And Contrast Essay

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Beowulf: From Word to Picture
Beowulf is a tale of an Old English warrior dating back to 1000 A.D. The story has been told through both poem and motion picture forms. The movie showed some similarities from the poem, but much more differences. One of the first consistencies I noticed while watching the film after reading the text, was the boasting that took place. Throughout the book, the characters talked with excessive pride about their achievements and possessions. Also, the mead halls, in the movie looked a lot similar to how it was explained in the story. Beowulf is also one of the similarities between the movie and poem. He portrayed as a strong, brave, loyal and honorable warrior who does whatever it takes to defend the people of Denmark. Beowulf also tell Unferth off in the movie the same way he does in the poem. In the poem, he says, “Unferth, if you were truly as keen or courageous as you claim to be Grendel would have never gotten away with such unchecked atrocity, attacks on your king” (590-593). He basically says the same in the movie and Unferth becomes very angry. Although the movie was based off of the epic poem, there were much more differences than similarities. One of the first inconsistencies I noticed while watching the movie was how

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King Hrothgar was shown. In the text, he was a wise king who always tried to do what was best for his people, but in the movie, he was just a drunk who used women. Also, women during this
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