The original text depicts Grendel as nothing more than a monster, a descendent of Cain. Grendel is a product of punishment. He has few human qualities and appears more animalistic in character. He fights like an animal, mauling his victims and eating their remains. He does not maintain an “honor code” of any kind and attacks his victims while they sleep. This early version of Grendel is described not only as being savage in nature but as being monstrous in appear...
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...fight is not epic, the viewer does not see any unimaginable skill when it comes to either opponent. They are simply equal, both ultimately flawed. The contemporary version of the early text is much more realistic. It takes away the fantasized aspects of the text and creates a more rational version for the 21st century viewer. Modern-day audiences no longer respond to tales of “perfection and fantasy.” In order to maintain the attention of today’s viewers the film had to tell the ancient narrative while still remaining grounded in reality. The film version of Beowulf depicts the story as a more practical historic tale than as a sensational fantasy epic.
Gunnarsson, S. (2005). Beowulf and grendel [film]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MddPzFIZ9GM
Heaney, S. (2008). Beowulf. (pp. vii-260). London: W.W Norton & Company, Inc.
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