Beowulf and Grendel Essay

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Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and Grendel are actually the same stories in the fact that they are based on the same epic "Beowulf." "Beowulf", that is told of here is translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland, and there are many different translations which makes Beowulf the epic so interchangeable. Although "Beowulf" and "Grendel" seem very similar they do have many differences as well. Reading the two stories back to back gives you the impression of how many differences there are. For example, "Beowulf" is written from an outsider's point of view. "Grendel" is written from Grendel's point of view. This changes the whole perception of the book. Seeing a story written from two different points of views not only helps you to
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The stories actually differ in ways that make your feelings change about the plot. These two stories were written during the Anglo Saxon period. Anglo Saxon was also the time of Medieval England. Each story gives a good representation of this time. It is necessary to learn about this period in order to get the full impact of these stories. To understand that Medieval England was very different compared to the current time is very important before reading the two stories. In the Anglo Saxon time they had no rights for animals, they would simply slaughter them for all the food they could eat. In today's time there are animal rights. For example, there are animal rights activists. They believe that animals should not be killed for food or sport. Today's societal views would have been laughed at from the point of view of the medieval world. Today we have the luxury of being able to drive down the street, run into the grocery store, and purchase whatever food we need. The Anglo Saxon's did not have cars nor were there grocery stores. As for the Anglo Saxon's, they had to get their own food whatever way possible. That meant they had to go out and kill animals for their meat, have their own gardens in order to have. The medieval period was one of wars, fighting, and killing. In that time people were killing other people without the consequences of jail time like there is today. They would have a little trial type situation where the
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