For example, a difference in the texts (since my differences are stronger than my similarities, i already have all my differences) would be that in beowulf, beowulf attacks grendel and kills him show more i am writing a paper on heroism in beowulf and grendel the paper should show how characters in both texts view the hero. The similarities between beowulf and grendel in the poem show how humans have the potential to perform monstrous acts of violence as well as great deeds, but if beowulf is no longer human this message does not resonate in the same way. Grendel by john gardner is a presentation of the dark, the misunderstood, and the ugly, speaking always for itself, urging empathy for its pain, and claiming some rightful place in the shaping of whatever is real or perhaps human. Beowulf went on journeys because he wanted to show people that he is a reliable leader and that he can fight pretty much anyone from monsters to dragons and all the other kind of creatures he also wanted to show people how brave and protective he was. Beowulf's fight with grendel represents the beginning of his journey as a hero grendel is the most evil foe for beowulf, because he is a direct descendant of cain beowulf's character through this difficult first task establishes a foundation for him to build on with each increasingly arduous task.
To be a real hero, beowulf needs to have some kind of personality to make him a man of epic proportions beowulf is arrogant, but through all of his arrogance, he still has a kind heart, is brave, and cares for his people. In grendel, beowulf does not possess the same heroic face we see in the poem, beowulf grendel on the other hand, is asymmetrical to beowulf in behavior in grendel throughout the novel, this monster seems to be baffled as to whether he wants to view life as his existentialistic dragon mentor, or the ignorantly optimistic humans on which he feeds. Beowulf's reputation for bravery precedes him and, while he boasts, some even suggest that he is too brave, or foolishly brave in short, beowulf likes a good fight, and everyone knows it.
Unferth gives beowulfa hilted sword (an ancient treasure) because the sword had never let a man down but it did let beowulf down, so beowulf attacks grendel's mom with his own hands, and then he finds another sword made by giants. In the poem beowulf, the protagonist beowulf seems to be a superhero but there is a lot of skepticism over whether or not he isi believe beowulf is a hero because he has most of the traits that a superhero consists of. Beowulf's actions are judged by others and how they affect society, and not by any religious forceas an epic hero, beowulf possesses the qualities of valor, loyalty, generosity, and honor he fights because he must in order for his nation to survive. Grendel is a 1971 novel by american author john gardnerit is a retelling of part of the old english poem beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, grendelin the novel, grendel is portrayed as an antihero.
More celebration ensues, beowulf is feted as the hero he was, and heorot gets used again as the center of life among the danes the mead hall in the dark ages the beowulf mead hall, heorot, was the gathering place of the king, his vassals, retainers and otherwise the center of political and social life. You might think that grendel would be chockfull of moments when the forces of good are pitted against the forces of evil—but think again gardner wants to turn what we understand about good and evil on its head on their heads (this is a novel about grendel, after all), so prepare yourself for a lot of gray area. As much as beowulf owes his allegiance to hrothgar, grendel's mother shows no allegiance to anyone or anything other than her thirst for revenge grendel is also a figure of blind vengeance he kills and terrorizes simply for the thirst for blood. The main character and hero in the story beowulf, beowulf shows many heroic traits that german culture valued at that time he is physically built and strong, making him more than capable to defend the danes against the monster grendel, his mother, and the dragon. Another would be that he is selfishlike i mean he totally let one of his own men die so he could watch how grendel works he is pretty good like the text refers to him as almighty god and teh protector of men and whatnot, but he is not the ulitmate representation of good.
Wiglaf is very much like the young beowulf the reader meets in the early sections of the poem he, too, is strong, loyal and courageous when beowulf goes to fight the dragon, he brings his best men with him. With ample backstory, which this generation of superhero movie and comic readers have grown to love, the author paints a narrative of destiny that is determined well before beowulf's birth, describing the challenges of learning to grow into the man and hero he is meant to be. The poem evidences a turning point in western civilization, in combining christian values and the old pagan fascination with good vs evil, as well as the exploration of heroic fragility (remember, for example, gilgamesh's eventual failure to ultimately triumph over death it could be argued that the eponymous hero, beowulf, suffers the same.
Once again beowulf shows his ideal hero personality when he fights and defeats grendel's mother: but still he was resolute, not slow of his courage, mindful of fame, the kinsman of hygelac, then. Beowulf is divided into three main parts, each of which centers on the hero's struggle against a particular monster—first grendel, then grendel's mother, then the dragon in beowulf's bloody battle against grendel, the first part of the story reaches its climax. Although grendel in beowulf represents all that is evil, gardner seems to take a different, more complex approach identify some signs of potential goodness in grendel identify some signs of potential goodness in grendel.