Beowulf - Jonathan Werth AP Brit Lit Period 2 9/12/06 The...

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Jonathan Werth AP Brit Lit Period 2 9/12/06 The authors of Beowulf and Grendel approached the character of Beowulf differently. John Gardner, the author of Grendel , wrote his story many years after Beowulf was written, which means that his basis for the character of Beowulf came from what he had read of him in Beowulf and his own idea of what Beowulf would have been like. And when I say what Beowulf would have been like, I mean through the eyes of his main character, Grendel. This is what creates the separation between the characters in the different stories. Beowulf was written first; therefore it should be discussed first. The author of Beowulf (unknown) portrayed Beowulf as a great hero and “Savior of the Danes.” One can assume that the narrator of the story was of Danish background and in favor of Beowulf. How could any Dane not be in favor of him? Beowulf killed Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the Dragon. He claimed to have killed them by relying on God’s powers. The narrator in Beowulf
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Mcgonigal during the Spring '08 term at Holy Cross (MA).

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