Beowulf Compare And Contrast Essay

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The poem of Beowulf has been told many times for hundreds of years. There have been many versions and variations that differ from the original written tale. There has recently been a movie production of the epic tale that was released in 2007 entailed Beowulf. Although this variation of the story was entertaining it was not an accurate account of the story of Beowulf. This analysis of both narratives will illustrate the differences between the two. In the movie depiction of Beowulf both the Danes and the Geats are Pagan. In the poem however, it reads as to infer that they were of Christian faith. In the poem King Horthgar builds a great mead hall to give glory to God for the blessings he was bestowed upon throughout his life. “With young…show more content…
The Anglo Saxon tale shows Beowulf as a hero’s hero with no moral flaws. Beowulf was regarded at the highest level of respect in the great poem and he always maintained his honor and reputation. In the movie, Beowulf has his share of flaws and human nature. Beowulf lies about killing Grendal’s mother to cover up what really happened at her lair. “I must be the one to finish her.” (“Beowulf” Zemeckis) Beowulf has this dialogue with the queen many years after he said he killed Grendal’s mother. Also at the end of the movie Beowulf tells Wiglaf about the lie he has kept secret for many years. “You killed Grendal’s mother when we were young. They sing of it. Too late for lies, Wiglaf.” (“Beowulf” Zemeckis) Beowulf does more than lie to denounce his honor. Beowulf also engages in an adulterous relationship with a maid in his kingdom. Dialog from the movie shows Beowulf taking to his mistress, “Find a good man and bear him children. But bear him a son. I don’t want anyone else. I want you” (“Beowulf” Zemeckis) The original poem did not portray Beowulf in this manner because that would not be glorifying of the Anglo Saxon
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