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Curiosity In Grendel By John Gardner And Beowulf And Grendel, By Sturla Gunnarsson

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The book Grendel by John Gardner and the movie Beowulf and Grendel directed by Sturla Gunnarsson both portray the theme of curiosity. In both the book and the movie there are characters that have the trait of intellectual curiosity, and there are also those who lack this trait. In the book, Grendel’s personality contains this trait and Beowulf’s character does not, but in the movie Beowulf is the one with this trait, not Grendel. Grendel’s character in the book and Beowulf’s character in the movie both have an intellectual curiosity which seems to drive them to find out the truth.
The difference between Grendel’s intellectual curiosity in the book and movie is drastic. In the book Grendel is always questioning why certain situations and events happen, and why people act the way they do. Grendel is very curios about humans and he wants to find out the truth behind their actions and motives. In the book, Grendel finds a way into the human world and explores. He goes through the town trying to figure out how the people interact with one another and the world (16-45). Throughout this section Grendel is watching and learning. He is learning about how and why the humans do the things they do. Grendel is interested and curious about the humans, and he satisfies his inquisitiveness by watching the humans and eventually trying to interact with them. In the movie, Grendel’s character has a significant difference in his level of intelligence, which makes him not as curious about the outside world. In the movie Grendel is just torturing the Danes out of revenge, because they killed his father. He does not try to learn about the people, he does not question anything that they do, and he does not try to figure out the reason behind the Danes killing his father. He just wants revenge. In the movie when Beowulf tries to communicate with Grendel, but Grendel refuses to cooperate. Beowulf is trying to question Grendel, and Grendel wants nothing to do with interacting with the people. He simply wants payback. Grendel’s character does not seem to care that Beowulf might be trying to help him. He does not have the intellect or curiosity to try and figure out why Beowulf is talking to him, which could have potentially saved his life. The book and the movie show different personalities for Grendel’s character. In the book Grendel is shown as clever and curious, which leads him to find out the truth about the humans, and that eventually leads to him being killed by the humans. In the movie Grendel is shown as not being as clever and curious as the character in the movie which leads to him being killed, because he is not clever enough to try and make a deal with Beowulf when he is trying to communicate with him. Overall, the two different characters of Grendel, curious or not, leads to his death by Beowulf.
Two different personalities of Beowulf are also shown between the book and the movie. In the book Beowulf has a one-track mind; kill Grendel. Beowulf does not...

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