Similarities Between Grendel And Beowulf

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The first fight in Beowulf is between Beowulf and Grendel. In the translation, Beowulf chooses to fight without a weapon, like Grendel. Beowulf does have thanes, who use weapons, to defend him while he fights Grendel in Heorot in terms of hand imagery. The fight ends with Beowulf ripping off Grendel’s arm. In Beowulf and Grendel, Beowulf fights Grendel with weapons alongside his thanes. However, Beowulf soon leaves his thanes behind and traps Grendel at the edge of Heorot. The fight ends with Beowulf watching Grendel cut off his arm. In the Heaney translation of Beowulf and the 2006 Gunnarsson film called Beowulf and Grendel, the fight represents Beowulf’s and Grendel’s foil relationship through their physicality and senses of community. The foil relationship is their similarities and differences. The two versions of the fight, while similar but different, establishes how humanity walks a thin line between good and monstrous. Strength is first used to demonstrate how Beowulf and Grendel are foils of each other. The translation uses it to show their similarity. This…show more content…
A much more realistic Beowulf uses his sword to attack Grendel and fend Grendel off. Beowulf also uses chains to trap Grendel, leaving Grendel with the decision to either cut off his arm or not (Gunnarsson 2006). The film’s presentation of Grendel remains relatively unchanged in terms of strength compared to the translation. Grendel still fights without a weapon and kills several men. Beowulf however, is different. The audience can infer Beowulf’s lack of strength because in any fight with an opponent that is stronger than oneself, the weaker individual will be more likely to use a weapon, like Beowulf does in the fight. Beowulf and Grendel are shown to be foils with the differences of strength in the movie and translation. The use of strength begins to demonstrate the line humanity walks between good and

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