Compare Contrast Beowulf Essay

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Nazifa Alam 03/07/11 B/D3 Beowulf Compare and Contrast Essay Within a new trend in the Movies Industry, a lot of classic books are selected to be turned into films for the big screen. This is the case of the epic poem Beowulf, which dates from Anglo Saxon times and is considered as the earliest poem in the modern European language. In 2007, the American director Robert Zemeckis produced Beowulf. In my opinion, he chose this poem as a source for a Hollywood movie because it carries valuable information about revelations and controversies of Old English social life and kingship. Moreover, the story is very interesting and it is full of amazing descriptions. However, as it generally happens, the plot has been adapted in order to fit the Hollywood demands. The Opening of both the text and the movie was similar. The selection opened during an opening of celebration at Herot, the banquet hall of the Danish King Hrothgar. However, Outside in the darkness, lurked the monster Grendel. He gets angry, comes to mead hall, and starts killing people, but Hrothgar remained unharmed because he was protected by God. The coming of Beowulf was also similar with text by introducing Beowulf sailing across the sea to Hrothgar when help was needed to kill Grendel. Both in the text, and in the movie, Beowulf unlocked words deep from his hearts and talked about the Geats and his father, a famous soldier, Edgetho. Then that night Beowulf was awake, eager to meet with Grendel. Grendel comes in Herot and attacks people again, and fights with Beowulf. Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off, and Grendel dies afterwards while talking with his mom. Next, the young hero resolved to kill Grendel’s mom. Unferth gives Hrothgar’s famous old sword, Hrunting to Beowulf in the text and in the movie. After being honored by Hrothgar, Beowulf and his fellow Geats return home. Beowulf was welcomed
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