Beowulf vs. Beowulf Deciding what is the best choice for others and deciding what choice is best for us is an ongoing battle. Sometimes the best choice for you might not be the best for others, which deems us selfish. The remaining times, the best choice for others might not be the best choice for us, which judges us as people pleasers. Most audiences can relate to the story of Beowulf because we all battle through these similar conflicts daily. Throughout the poem Beowulf, the audience becomes conscious of the fact that the characters of this time period are continuously fighting two contradicting battles; an external battle between the vicious monsters and an internal battle with human habits of pride, cowardice and self-concern. Beowulf deals with one huge internal problem: pride. Beowulf tries to convince Hrothgar that he is an honorary warrior and to trust him that he can get rid of Grendel. During his boast, Beowulf brags that “they have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness of war, dripping with my enemies’ blood” (417-419). Beowulf tries to balance out his pride in his boast by telling Hrothgar that he isn’t just bragging about himself- his fellow Swedes have also seen him fresh and victorious out of battle. Beowulf’s attempt to proposing battle comes off as somewhat selfish, arrogant and exudes pride in himself. In this round between pride and Beowulf, pride overtook him. Continuing in his boast/proposal to Hrothgar, Beowulf asks “What man, anywhere under Heaven’s high arch, has fought in such darkness, endured more misery or been harder pressed? Yet I survived…” (575-577). Beowulf’s diction makes it seem as if he has undergone far worse battles and situations than any man “under Heaven’s high arch” and still remained triumphant. Beowulf’s pride in himself is clearly displayed here and obviously forgets that he must remain humble even though he is a highly prized warrior. Hand in hand with pride comes cowardice.
English III, prd. 2
The movie “Beowulf” (2007) is supposed to depict the Old English poem Beowulf. In the beginning of the movie I could follow the plot precisely. However, once Grendel’s mother came into the picture, and from then on, I was completely lost.
The only similarities I could find between the movie and the Old English poem was that there were vauntings, an importance and the powers of God, Unferth: his jealousy and change of heart….
Frankenstein vs. Beowulf
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The Beowulf Epic vs. Beowulf and Grendel the movie:
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Beowulf vs. Achilles
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Beowulf vs. Superman
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Beowulf Vs. Gilgamesh
The two cultures I chose to compare heroic values for are the ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Anglo-Saxon cultures. The texts I used in the comparison are Gilgamesh for Mesopotamia and Beowulf for Anglo-Saxon. Although they posses many similar heroic characteristics they also differ greatly.
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Heroism in Beowulf vs. Today
Beowulf's traits, good and bad, define him as a hero by Anglo-Saxon standards. But his arrogance, greed and selfishness contradict the modern, humanistic image of a hero. When it comes to Beowulf getting what he wants, nothing will stand between him and his goal. No amount of lives lost is too many for Beowulf, and the high cost to others only contributes to his glory. In his own time and culture, he was the ultimate hero of legend because he saved his people from monsters….
Beowulf vs. Thor
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Honors British Literature
2 September 2009
Throughout the ages, literature has transformed in many ways. Although many elements have changed, there are still conceptual ideas and themes that are present in today’s writings that were also used in past literature. The epic poem, Beowulf, encompasses the dichotomy good vs. evil, which has been present in many literary works spanning from the earliest known literature to present-day writings. The correlation between good and evil is portrayed….
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