Assignment #4: Beowulf Comparison Essay
Description: Students will read two different versions of Beowulf and watch a film adaptation. Then, they will write an essay discussing the similarities and differences among the three versions, identifying which of the three they believe to be most effective and providing evidence to support their thesis statement.
- R7: Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text
- W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- W5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
- W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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Swords clashing, men screaming, the fight rages on. We have either read or watched three different versions of Beowulf. Each one had its own interpretation on Beowulf and how it was meant to be portrayed. While each versions had several positives about the story, the movie is the best portrayed version of Beowulf.
The first story was well done, it had several different aspects of Beowulf that I agreed with, however it just wasn't quite to par. It had several missing elements and wasn't as well told. There was a lot of missing story line that the others had that this version missed. Otherwise, it got deeper into emotions of the characters. It also had very descriptive detail, and many deep rooted pagan elements that are very prevalent. This story has a very strong emphasis on Beowulf and his hero status, where as the others didn't. For example, the queen. In this story she isn't mentioned but in the other two she is a much bigger part.
The other story that we read was very different from the first. The story had several different focuses and takes on the characters. For example, the queen and her role in the story. In this story she was a bigger part, she plays an advisor to the King and has an important scene with Beowulf. However, she isn't mentioned outside of the one scene. She has a bigger role than she did in the last one, but not as big a role as in the movie. A further example is the pagan elements in this story. In the others there is a mix of the two and there isn't one that's more prevalent than the others. In this story however there are lots of deep rooted pagan elements. For example, Beowulfs hands are made of holy light that burns grendels arm off. This is just one example of many in the story.
Finally, the movie was the best interpretation of the Beowulf story's. The movie has the best combination of Pagan and Christian elements. It also has a very progressive and twist filled plot line. For example, the connection between Beowulf Hrothgar and the queen. Hrothgar couldn't kill her, as she was to beautiful, so he slept with her and made Grendel. Beowulf ends up having to make the same choice, kill and be free or give into temptation and sleep with the "beautiful" woman. He makes the same mistake and doesn't kill the monster. The queen doesn't know this, but at the end we find out that Beowulf doesn't kill her and that he to made a son with her. They do an excellent job of coming full circle and explains the origins of the story and Grendel.
Throughout all of the stories, it is clear that Beowulf is an epic hero that conquered an evil monster, and that it happened at a time when religion and ideals were changing. This is evident in the mix of Christian and Pagan elements, the mix of old writing and new, and the way modern and traditional ideals mix together to create the mythical tale of Beowulf, slayer of monsters, and men of men.
- What did you like/dislike about the project? I liked the project, it gave us three different sources and we watched a movie.
- What was easy/hard about this project? It was an easy project as long as you read the story's.
- Do you believe you mastered the standard(s) being assessed? Provide proof of mastery, explaining what you did in order to meet the standard(s), or describe what you could do to achieve mastery in the future. Yes I met the standards. Throughout the body paragraphs I compare and contrast three different versions. I say which is better, how they are alike and different and How they could improve.
- What did you learn from completing the project? That Beowulf is a classic story that has many different interpretations.