What are some similarities between Grendel and Beowulf?I'm  writing a research paper for my English class. My topic is to compare and contrast on Beowulf and Grendel. I have found many differences...

What are some similarities between Grendel and Beowulf?

I'm  writing a research paper for my English class. My topic is to compare and contrast on Beowulf and Grendel. I have found many differences between the characters, but none on the similarity part. I would really appreciate your help.

 

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is an interesting idea to think about. In part, Beowulfis the story of an epic hero who defeats the marauding monster, Grendel. As you note in your explanation, the hero has very little in common with the villain--and that is how it should be. There are several points of comparison between them, though. First, each has complete confidence in his ability to accomplish his goal. Grendel has virtual control over this village, this mead-hall, and this king. Beowulf is in much the same position when he arrives, as they have been unable to protect themselves from the fiend and are willing to let Beowulf have control. Second, both Grendel and Beowulf are strong warriors. In an actual hand-to-hand battle, the two are at an impasse for quite a while until Beowulf finally tears Grendel's arm out of the socket. Third, each of them has a woman who mourns their loss. Grendel's mother does not come to Heorot to pick a fight with the man who killed her son; instead, she takes Grendel's arm to her lair, presumably to mourn his loss. At Beowulf's funeral, there is one woman who particularly mourns his loss. There are undoubtedly other points of comparison, as well, but these should get you started.

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