Both forms of literature are distinct in the plot and setting, but Gardner’s perceptiveness of Beowulf in his novel differs from the view of the unknown author’s relay of Beowulf in the poem.
The differences of this vision, compared to the levels of understanding, shows itself transversely throughout the novel Grendel and the epic poem Beowulf.
Although he ends up being over powered in the long run, his dignity never fails to be displayed until his last words. Throughout the epic poem, Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, the constant courageous acts and boastful attitude inherited by Beowulf reveals the true prideful nature of his unique and powerful character.
First of all, as a reader it is very easy to start creating an image of Beowulf’s type of personality.
Honors 2nd hour
16 January 2013
The Prideful Nature of Beowulf
One of the oldest forms of poetry in our history of literature is epics.
“I suggested in an earlier paper that the Beowulf poet’s incentive for composing an epic about sixth-century Scyldings may have had something to do with the fact that, by the 890’s at least, Heremod, Scyld, Healfdene, and the rest, were taken to be the common ancestors both of the Anglo-Saxon royal family and of the ninth-century Danish immigrants, the Scaldingi” (Frank 60)....
It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in the anonymously written Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf - whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether protrayed through showing or telling.
The most significant of these monsters, Grendel, represents Beowulf's shadow, the Jungian archetype explored in the essay collection, Meeting the Shadow.
." (preface, Heaney 29), I see Beowulf as a mosaic of many poets. In this paper, I will argue that with each new translation of this Old English epic, a new author of Beowulf is born. The twenty-first century poet Seamus Heaney, who translated the Beowulf on which this paper is based, injects aspects of his world into this ancient poem. Published in the year 2 000, the inconsistency of this most modern text reveals the messy...
Throughout the epic story Beowulf, the hero of the story encounters three monsters that are threats to society: Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon.
Beowulf uses alliteration [my italics] and accent to achieve the poetic effect which Modern English poetry achieves through the use of poetic feet, each having the same number of syllables and the same pattern of accent (Wilkie 1271)....
In “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” Tolkien states: We must dismiss, of course, from mind the notion that Beowulf is a “narrative poem,” that it tells a tale or intends to tell a tale sequentially....
The pride shown throughout this historical piece of literature by Beowulf makes a huge influence on everything that goes on, even though it is almost always for the good of society.
Tolkien in “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Tolkien states: The poem “lacks steady advance”: so Klaeber heads a critical section in his edition.
Beowulf is a great example of how a king should act for their people.
After reading Beowulf, it is interesting to dig deep and analyze not only pride being shown, but what kind of impact it makes on the overall outcome of the poem.
Following Scyld's death the kingship of the Danes passed to Scyld's son Beowulf [not the hero of this epic], then in turn to his son Healfdene, then to his son Hrothgar.