Compare and Contrast In both Grendel and Beowulf, Beowulf is perceived as a warrior who ultimately ended Grendel's life. However, there are different standpoints of the way Beowulf acted and how he took Grendel's life. From both books, you can see the likeness and also the differences in which Beowulf made himself out to be in the book Beowulf and how he was actually seen by Grendel in Grendel.
In this poem the epic qualities that are evident is the plot is center around a hero, involves a deed which needs either super strength or valor, is set in multiple locations, involves some type of supernatural or powerful forces, is able to sustain the style, and the narrator is able to see from all perspectives. The poem is center around Beowulf, from it telling the reader of his family tree to where he came from. The deeds that Beowulf gets accomplish of defeating Grendel does require Beowulf to be stronger that the average person and to have more courage or valor. The conquest that Beowulf is most remember for is defeating Grendel and that is set in Heorot halls, however that location is not the only place of the epic. Beowulf had to
In Grendel there is many different main themes in the story. They all share their own important part on how Grendel is view by the reader and the people in the story. Most of the main themes make you feel more sympathetic with Grendel; than you did in Beowulf. One of the main themes is humans and monsters. At one part of the story Grendel overhears the harper talking about Grendel and goes into the mead-hall.
How does exile as a theme apply to Beowulf and Grendel? Exile applies to Grendel because he is related to Cain from the bible, and in the story of Cain and Abel, Cain kills Abel through jealousy. God punishes Cain by exile, he would have to wonder the land for the rest of his life and we can see how Grendel is alike. Grendel would not pay the price for death since he killed for fun so he was exiled, from humans and from God.
The concept of conversion in late antiquity and the early middle ages was highly persisting idea as pagan groups would convert to Christianity. However, while the religious ideals of these peoples changed, cultural pagan values and mythologies still remained and mixed with Christian communities as well. The Scandinavian text Beowulf as well as Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions both convey pagan elements in Christianity in form of classical philosophy and Norse legends. Moreover, these pagan characteristics signify that the ideas of religion and culture were two separate entities within conversion, and that one could retain cultural beliefs while still adopting Christian practices. Beowulf incorporates numerous Norse pagan ideals and values
Beowulf were happy successful kings for many years and the people loved him he were his peoples protectors they relied on him when the winters nights were cold he would recall his adventures once he said I was a young warrior who could defeat anyone imagines me then a strong athletic arrogant heroes these was the stories he would tell the killing of the sea monster the battle with the Grendel the fight with Grendel’s mother he loved to tell tales those were his glory day as he got older his people began to forget his many youthful exploit they saw him as an old man few peoples could imagine that he were ever a mighty fighter he seemed so frail then one day a terrible event took place from nowhere a dragon appeared the dragon 's breath was fire
Monsters take on easy prey and heroes have the strength to defeat the monster. This can be seen in Grendel and Beowulf's actions. Grendel preys on the sleeping soldiers. He encounters Beowulf and is surprised by Beowulf's strength and how Beowulf was quick to strike back. Grendel was mortally wounded by Beowulf and knew he was going to die.
In both Grendel and Beowulf, the attack on Herot is similar in mood yet different in tone. Just before the attack the town feels safe. “I burst in when they were all asleep, snatched seven from their beds, and slit them open and devoured them on the spot.”(79) The town wakes up and realizes what Grendel had done to the town and the citizens.
Grendel’s story is not only from his perspective, but it also starts far before Beowulf enters the picture. Grendel does not even know of man’s existence before he encountered Hrothgar whom he starts to fear when he says “I knew I was dealing with no dull mechanical bull but with thinking creatures, pattern makers. The most dangerous things I’d ever met” (pg 27). His first encounter with these men left him wanting more. He spent most nights watching them in the shadows, trying to make sense of their actions.
In Beowulf, the characterization of Grendel directly opposes his portrayal in Grendel. Because the point of view of Beowulf is third person omniscient, Grendel’s thoughts and emotions are not explicit. His philosophies present in Grendel do not appear in Beowulf. The citizens of Herot view Grendel as a wild, evil beast: “Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend/Grendel who haunted the moors, the wild/Marshes, and made his home in a hell” (Beowulf 101-103). The author of Beowulf created Grendel to be a malevolent and powerful being.