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Difference of Character Development in Beowulf and Grendel The main difference between the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and John Gardners modern retelling Grendel lies in the development of the characters In the epic poem the characters are basically static and their actions are predictable In Grendel Gardner calls this stereotypical thinking about heroes and monsters into question In particular the monster in this modern work is dynamic and his awareness grows as the action unfolds Gardner remakes Grendel from the Anglo-Saxon incarnation of blind evil unthinking and senseless to a conscious rational force and Beowulf from a honorable courageous and epitome of goodness to a irrational psychotic cold blooded killer The epic poem Beowulf describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times The hero Beowulf is a seemingly invincible person with all the extraordinary traits required of a hero He is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts but he never fears the threat of death His leadership skills are superb and he is even able to boast about all his achievements Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others Beowulf is the prime example of an epic hero His bravery and strength surpass all mortal men loyalty and the ability to think of himself last makes him revered by all Beowulf came openly and wholeheartedly to help the Danes which was an unusual occurrence in a time of war and widespread fear He set a noble example for all human beings relaying the necessity of brotherhood and friendship Beowulf is most definitely an epic hero of epic proportions A heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his peoples welfare before his own as well as
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