Beowulf vs. Grendel

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Grendel and Beowulf’s themes compare and contrast because they both have the same heroic ideals but are two different stories based on totally different morals. Grendel is written by John Gardner and is basically about nature vs. nurture, Grendel starts from his being a young child then it tells what happened in his life to make him the way he is at the end of the book. Beowulf is written by an unknown author. Beowulf is based on him conquering evil or “monsters”. Grendel and Beowulf show a lot of the same characteristics, but they show a lot of differences in the way they act and respond to things. A reason Grendel and Beowulf are similar is because they both value family, and they both fight by themselves with no help, they both also value their reputation. In Grendel the similarity is that he was born a young monster who always explored, then events occurred that changed his views to more of a existentialism outlook. Grendel died a totally different person from the way he was born. The way he was raised plays a role on the way he still lives. Grendel focuses too much on his reputation, he is a outcast and listens to the shapers stories about him. “I have become myself, the mama I’d searched the cliffs for in vain”(pg.80). In Beowulf the similarity is that Beowulf had a lot of the same qualities as Grendel, like how much Beowulf focused on his reputation. Beowulf always wants attention and to know how others view him, but he is also a outcast. Beowulf is a balance between beginnings and endings of youth and age. Beowulf and Grendel had a constant theme in common it was how much they both focused on what others thought of them then actually turning into what the humans viewed them as. Grendel and Beowulf are two different types of heroes, Grendel is considered a anti-hero and Beowulf is considered a stereotypical hero. In Grendel he is a anti-hero because he

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