The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare

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Beowulf is one of the earliest and most famous works of English literature, and is still widely read today. However, over a thousand years has passed since it was written down in England, and even longer since it was originally spread by word of mouth in the old norse lands, and our values and concepts of the world are radically different than the people of Beowulf’s age. Although the epic Beowulf shows their concept of simplistic duality, in which there is only black and white, good and evil, the modern movie adaptation shows a much more complex view on the world, which can be seen in its main characters Grendel, Hrothgar, and Beowulf himself. While in the epic poem Grendel is shown as pure evil, simply killing the Danes because he was a demon of pure evil intent, the Grendel of the movie is shown to be much more human and dynamic as a character. In the epic, Grendel is introduced as a descendant of Cain, the first person to commit the horrible sin of fratricide, and has no father, and an evil sea witch for a mother. He is enraged by the Danes in the Heorot mead hall, and attacks them in the night, mercilessly killing dozens of men. He does not speak any language, and is shown as more beast than man, with very little given to empathize with. When he is killed by Beowulf, there is none to mourn his passing, and all celebrate unanimously the killing of such a vile creature. However, in the movie, Grendel is illustrated as a much more dynamic, human, and relatable character.
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