2. Compare Beowulf to other Interpretations
Beowulf is often considered as one of the most important surviving works of Old English literature. It is no surprise that there have been many different interpretations done in several different styles, including graphic novels, films, video games, and plays.
If you are planning to write a compare and contrast paper about Beowulf, then you will need to use at least two different interpretations. If the length and depth of your essay are longer or deeper than normal, you may even have to use more interpretations.
To make writing a compare and contrast paper
, you should first establish a few key points that you can compare to the different formats. Here are a few that might help you out:
- How are the main characters of Beowulf and Grendel portrayed in the movie or graphic novel compared to the original poem? How are they alike and how are they different?
- What differences in the storylines can be seen in the other interpretations? Why do you think these changes were made and how does it affect the overall story?
- What visual interpretations were used for the characters or scenes? How do they add to the story?
3. Why Point of View is Important
The point of view a story is told from can make a big difference on how it is perceived. Beowulf is a poem that is narrated from a third person standpoint. Although you are told how the characters are feeling and what they are thinking, you are still reading it from an objective viewpoint.
What if the story was told from a different point of view? Would the story be the same if it were told from Grendel’s perspective or Beowulf’s perspective? How would the story change and what information would be left out if the point of view were changed?
These are interesting factors that you can examine and maybe even help you see the story in a different light. You can also write about how important the point of view is for the story-telling and how it can totally change the reader's perception of the characters.
The theme is the recurring idea that pervades a piece of literature or work of art. Most great stories usually feature a number of themes. Beowulf also contains several different themes and trying to write on all of them can lead to a messy essay.
The best thing to do if you decide to write about a theme is to choose one that really sticks out for you and dissect it. When writing a literary analysis
, it's important that you provide enough evidence to back up your position. You can add specific examples, dialogue, and scenes that support the thesis of your essay.
If you're having a problem deciding on which theme to write about, here are some choices: