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Beowulf, the first piece of Angelo Saxon literature, truly a masterpiece in itself. Beowulf unfortunately has no author, but was translated and re-written by Vinerable Bede. Beowulf was a hero much like the hero’s we have here today. Grendel on the other hand was an evil villain, like the ones in the movies. Samson a hero in the Bible is much like Beowulf, and surprisingly has some characteristics of the villain Grendel.
Beowulf brags and boasts to the public telling them how much he’s accomplished in life. Most heroes brag and boast in life because they want to feel like they’re better than everyone else is. When Beowulf boasts about all the things he has done in his lifetime his stories prove that he is actually better than average people are. Grendel, the villain in the story, has an evil heart and seeks to destroy everyone. Grendel reminds me of the villain Apocalypse who has the urge to destroy the Earth and all humans. Grendel and Apocalypse deceive there way into getting things they want.
Furthermore, Samson and Beowulf are much alike because they both have faith in God. Samson, in the bible believed in God and was gifted with super strength. Samson and Grendel are also alike because Samson eventually becomes bad, due to his strength, and kills himself. Literature a thousand years ago and literature today still have the same idea on how to catch the interest of the reader.