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Similarities Between Grendel And Beowulf

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The Emotional Similarity Between Grendel and Beowulf Many works are so inspiring, they are retold time and time again, sometimes in fresh, unheard ways. The ancient poem, known as “Beowulf,” is a complex epic detailing the arrival of the title character, Beowulf, and his battles with three otherworldly monsters. Grendel, a novel written centuries later by John Gardner, takes that story and turns it on its head. Grendel, a character filled with introspective thoughts, is one of the three monsters that Beowulf appears to fight. While telling the same story, the two texts have many differences, but often manage to get the same emotion evoked from the audience. These two stories have the same key characters, such as Beowulf, Grendel, Hrothgar, and the nameless dragon. One of the side characters, Unferth, has a rather sad story. In “Beowulf”, Unferth, “sick with envy,” makes a comment about whether or not Beowulf is capable of defeating Grendel (line 503). Beowulf responds with a humiliating retort, “’Unferth, if you were truly as keen or courageous as you claim, Grendel would never have got away with [his raids],” and the entire hall of Heorot laughs at Unferth (590-593). This event causes the audience to pity Unferth, despite that perhaps not being the author’s intention. A completely different chain of events occurs in Grendel, but it elicits the same reaction. During what seemed to be a routine raid on Heorot, Grendel meets, and mocks, Unferth. The monster begins
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