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A writers mind is very intellectual, they tend to have an unparalleled vision within their sense of understanding. The differences of this vision, compared to the levels of understanding, shows itself transversely throughout the novel Grendel and the epic poem Beowulf. Both forms of literature are distinct in the plot and setting, but Gardners perceptiveness of Beowulf in his novel differs from the view of the unknown authors relay of Beowulf in the poem. In the poem, Beowulf is portrayed as an epic hero, brave honorable, and dignified, with vast generosity and munificent loyalty. While in the novel, he is portrayed as an unsettling stranger that connives his way into everyones life by his dangerous nature and entrancing stories.In the poem, the character Beowulf is viewed as a true epic hero. He is very brave, has great strength, and is viewed by his peers as a person like God. He has won many battles, and completed many tasks that normal people wouldnt have the guts to face. One of these tasks is the slaughter of the great monster Grendel. That I, alone and with the help of my men,/ May purge all evil from this hall. I have heard,/ Too, that the monsters scorn of men/Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none./ Nor will I. My lord Higlac. (260-264) In this statement from Beowulf, he is stating his fearlessness to his lord. This shows he is very brave and loyal, because he will risk his life to rid the beast. He also goes on to tell his people that if he doesnt survive they can have his possessions. And if death does take me, send the hammered/ Mail of my armor to Higlac, . . .(281-282) This shows his generosity and his unselfishness to his people and the reader because he knows that he is not invulnerable. Because he knows this, he is willing to give up his possessions to the people he cares about, and become a better, dignified hero in case of an emergency.In the novel, there is a whole different represen...

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