John Gardner’s wrote Grendel in a first point of view whereas, in Beowulf epic had Grendel in third point of view. Gardner’s novel has made a significant picture for Grendel than the epic. The good and evil personality has been the main conflict for both stories. However, Grendel in Gardner’s novel is confused how the universe goes but realized that there is some sort of pattern going on. Grendel is seeking to find the meaning of the life.
Which version’s characters are the most admirable and why? These are a couple of the questions I will be answering throughout this essay. A lot of medieval romance is shown in these two poems and the movie, the larger-than-life characters and the elements of super natural beings show it. In Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, the Green Knight, being the larger-than-life figure, and the element of super natural in his surviving the blow, shows it. This poem is also composed of many Chivalrous acts including love, lust, loyalty, trust, and courage.
Grendel in the novel is different from the Grendel shown in the epic poem Beowulf because Grendel shows a different side of himself. Grendel in the novel is much more complex, whereas in the epic poem, he is much more epic and destructive. However, in both the novel and the epic poem, the reader is able to see how short tempered he is in both. This helps the reader get a better insight of how Grendel actually feels throughout the novel rather than the way he is perceived in the poem, because it takes into perspective on how he lives his life and feels throughout the entire war. Grendel is much more epic and destructive in the poem, than the novel.
Throughout John Garder’s novel and the poem Beowolf the reader can tell that Grendel is a complex character that does not relate much to anyone else in the novel or the poem. Grendel in Garder’s novel is also different compared to the Grendel in the poem Beowolf by many different standards. Grendel in Garder’s novel is more a complicated character then the Grendel in Beowolf because the novel is set in first person point of view, the reader can have a deeper understanding of Grendel in the novel, and there is more modern philosophy in Grendel the novel. The novel Grendel is all written in first person which gives a deeper understanding of how Grendel interprets what is happening and how he reacts too many of the conflicts that happen to him.
The conventions of an epic tale consist of allusions, archetypes, foils, symbols, and parallels. The use of the literary devices of an epic tale are strewn throughout the plot of The Natural and are utilized very well throughout the movie. The Natural, starring Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, demonstrates the same examples of allusions, archetypes, foils, symbols, and parallels as the classic epic tale Beowulf. An allusion is a reference to something, whether that it’s a person, place, object, or piece of literature. The use of allusions in The Natural and Beowulf is similar in that they both allude to historical figures or events and works of literature.
Many great literature pieces have symbolism in them. Symbolism plays a great role thought out the tail of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; some of the great symbols that are used are, green, colors, ax and knight. In fact, Green is the first symbol that is used in the tail. Green has many representations, but in the epic it is not used to represent the color. Green is a symbol that represents something way different.
Identity In “Beowulf” Each Character in “Beowulf” has a unique identity that contributes to how the epic plays out. They all have a past that builds their character and determines how they act when faced with Grendel. Identity is an important part of the story because without it to dictate the characters actions the story would be completely different. In the epic poem “Beowulf,” actions, beliefs, and values show the characters identities. The actions made by Beowulf and other characters are clear signs of their identities.
Much of the action in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight revolves around carious kinds of games. In a way, all these games are connected. Chivalry is defined as the medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood. In the time Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written, chivalry was a major deal. The games may have been somehow connected with chivalry, in that the medieval system included the playing of these games.
Deeper Analysis of Beowulf Many works of literature undoubtedly contain a surface story often attempting to lure readers into completing the work. Concealed beneath the story can be many connections to other literature. The widely known, ancient epic poem Beowulf is no exception, many archetypes are constantly displayed along with the traits of an epic hero and epic poem.
The Great chain of being is a concept provided to display the hierarchical order of matter within the universe. God ranks on top, and succeeding him are angels, humans, animals, vegetative life, inanimate objects, and crud. The great chain of being 's premise originated from the Classical era, but it expanded and developed, becoming a major theme in the works of Renaissance thinkers. The Great Chain of being not only served as a metaphor that described all the parts of the universe, but it also depicted the shift from the theocentric mindset of the medieval era to the anthropocentric mindset of the Renaissance era. Works like John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, Marlowe’s tragic play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and the medieval poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” all implement ideas of the Great chain of being.