Grendel Vs Beowulf Research Paper

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Le Vieil et Le Nouveau Today’s world is very different from what it was in the 5th century. The culture and mindset of people all over the world is no longer this simple mundane concept, it has evolved and transformed into this beautifully perplexing and complex masterpiece that beseeches the minds and ink of both writers and philosophers everywhere. The world has gotten smaller, the universe bigger, and our comprehension of life around us has made a remarkable advancement. This innovation can be seen in all things within our surroundings from our literature to our technology. A great example of a contrast between the ancient 5th century mindset and that of the 21st century is within the works of Beowulf ,an epic poem translated, by Seamus Heaney and Beowulf and Grendel ,a motion picture directed, by S. Gunnarsson. The tale of Beowulf is one that has been passed down from many a generation. A legend that has survived the passing of time, from its birth in the Anglo-Saxon era to today’s modern world. In Beowulf, the personality and behaviors of the characters reflect the mentality of the people of that time. The people from the age were very emphatic when it came to kinship, strength, and leadership,…show more content…
Grendel starts off as an innocent child who is forced to be witness upon the unnecessary murder of his father. Subsequently, this lead to Grendel’s hatred and desire for revenge against the perpetrators. This perspective of how Grendel came to be so angry towards the Danes is contradictory to the initial belief system of the time. According to ancient belief, Grendel is evil simply by bearing. Nothing complicated, he’s bad, that’s it, real simple. In the modern time, people are captivated by complex feelings and emotions. So, by creating an appearance of tainted purity it is an attempt to draw a sympathetic attitude towards the antagonist from the

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