Beowulf and Wordplay

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Have people ever lost faith in you while you still believed you could complete the task? In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf is the greatest warrior in all the lands and is sent over to free the King from the demon, Grendel. In the song “Wordplay”, by Jason Mraz, he writes about how the critics and record label do not believe he can repeat his first album’s success. The situations of the epic Beowulf and the modern song “Wordplay” have many similarities and differences, despite the contrasting reasons of writing each. Jason Mraz’s first album topped the billboards and sold out everywhere. His record label and critics strongly believed that he was going to hit the “sophomore slump” (Mraz 5) and be a “one-hit wonder” (Mraz 38). His back was against the wall and he needed to make another hit to keep his deal. No one but his diehard fans believed in him, which was apparently all he needed in order to produce. In Beowulf, Beowulf sails over and kills Grendel. When he attempts to kill Grendel’s mom, they think he has died because the water turns red. The only men who have unwavering faith in Beowulf are his soldiers. Beowulf swims up with the head of Grendel and the sword of the giants, proving all the doubters wrong. “Wordplay” has some of the same similarities when it comes to belief. Beowulf and “Wordplay” have many similarities and differences when it comes to their circumstances. Both Beowulf and Mraz have strong, almost arrogant, confidence in themselves and their abilities to perform under pressure. In Beowulf, the Graybeards lose faith in him once they see the water turn red. “All the graybeards, whispered together / And said that hope was gone” (Unknown 567-568). The same occurred with Mraz, “For the record label puts me on the shelf up in the freezer” (Mraz 12). Both of their fans and fellow soldiers had faith till the end. Initially, Beowulf had no critics

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