A powerful monster, living down in the darkness, growled in pain, impatient…. ” (Lines one and two) This is how the epic poem Beowulf begins. There are many differences between the poem and the movie of Beowulf. I liked the poem better because there were more details and probably because I read the poem before I watched the movie, but I still enjoyed watching the movie because it was visually exciting. Even though the basic plot and characters are similar in the movie and the poem; their differences in some plot points and character portrayal make the film ore relevant to viewers of today. Some of the differences between the poem and the movie of Beowulf that stuck out to me were: in the poem, Beowulf goes back to his homeland; the land of the Geats in Greatland to become king of his uncle’s kingdom while in the movie; he stays in the land of the Danes in Denmark to become king of Hrothgar’s kingdom which he took over for Hrothgar after he committed suicide. The other big difference is that in the epic poem, Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother right away when he gets the chance. In the movie, however, he does not and instead akes love to her and they have a human beast like creature or a dragon as a son. I was really quite surprised when I saw that in the movie. I defiantly didn’t expect that at all. Other differences I noticed were the nature of Beowulf’s funeral. Towards the end of the movie, the elimination of the battle sequence had Beowulf fighting off the dragon also being his son; although in the poem, the battle ends in Grendel’s mother’s death. In the poem and the movie, Beowulf receives fatal wounds and dies after the final battle against the dragon.
He was cremated in both the poem and the movie but I feel as in the poem, there is so much more significance and details of the description of how he died. The movie did have a very strong ending though. Also, they portrayed Hrothgar to be this alcoholic drunk who was a womanizer. Now that I have explained the differences; you need to know that Beowulf the poem and the movie had many similarities also. Ways that they were similar are: the clothes that they wore were the same, they all drank and partied in the Mead Hall, and Beowulf’s personality was the same also.
He was very arrogant and conceited. The way that Beowulf killed Grendel was the same. He fought him with no sword or armor. I feel like they had to have these similarities because these details basically made up the stories theme. In conclusion, there are many differences between Beowulf the movie and Beowulf the poem. There are also many similarities. They both shared the same storyline but there were things that they changed in the movie. Even though the poem does a much better job describing the details in the story; the movie gives you a more visual aspect.
Also, both the poem and the movie’s setting are supposed to be back in the day; they portray a more modern view. I suggest anyone to watch the movie and read the poem because both are great! Beowulf: Movie (2007) versus Epic Poem Beowulf is the oldest surviving English poem that tells of a struggle against man and beast. The story is set in early sixth century coastal Northumbria. Some elements in the poem lead readers to believe the poet was a monk. There have been many translations of the poem but the basic tale is the same throughout.
Most recently, the epic has been made into a movie. Although the story of Beowulf is similar in the movie and the poem, there are many obvious differences. One of the major differences is in the character of Beowulf. The poem portrayed Beowulf as a perfect Anglo-Saxon hero. However, in the movie he possessed a flaw that would change the course of the story. His love of women completely changed the tale. In the poem, Beowulf battled Grendel’s mother and killed her. In the movie, he couldn’t resist her and lied about killing her.
He ended up fathering her child and created a dragon that would destroy the community. By not killing Grendel’s mother, Beowulf just lengthened her reign. She was still there to entice the next king and disturb the people. Her power was still over the land until someone could overcome the urges and temptations she brought upon them. Another difference is the appearance of Herot’s Hall. The poem describes it as, ‘gold-shining’ (line 7) and ‘…beautiful walls; Shaped and fastened with iron, inside and out, artfully worked…’ (Lines 63-65).
The movie showed Herot’s Hall as being a dark, damp building. People still celebrated and drank, but there wasn’t any evidence of gold, beautiful walls, or shaped iron. The poem had a more vivid, bright description of the celebration hall, while the movie shot down any depiction somebody might have. A similarity that was expressed was the Anglo-Saxon characteristics of a hero. Beowulf showed aspects of strength, wisdom, and courage. He was willing to face any odds to succeed and gain glory. Courage and honor were displayed when Beowulf fought Grendel…