Beowulf Vs. The 13th Warrior

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Some people say that the movie The 13th Warrior is almost a replica of the poem “Beowulf.” The two stories resemble each other extremely, but also have many, many differences. The movie is an altered, more modern version of the poem. The book talks about history and goes more into depth about each event. The movie concentrates more on larger battles and real-life situations. Both the poem and the movie show this in almost all aspects besides that religion is still a very widespread topic. The major way that the poem and the movie show a similarity is that they both have an admirable hero. Although the hero is a huge part in the movie and the poem, he is more modified in the movie. The hero in the movie is a person within many other people and in the poem is one great hero and that’s it. The world is moved not only by the mighty shove of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. (Quoted by Helen Keller) The poem was written at approximately the same time when religion was converting from Paganism to Christianity. Therefore, it shows both the religions throughout the story. The poem reveals that Paganism is evident through the superhuman characters. Beowulf is an obvious superhe Continue...


Correspondingly, having not spoken of women in the poem, they talk nothing of relationships. It shows him bowing down and praying before a battle. Even though I think that Beowulf is the hero in the poem and in the movie Ahmed is the hero, both of them resemble the same traits. The movie again is more modern in this aspect too because it's not like a fairytale. The movie, The 13th Warrior, is very similar to the poem as far as religion goes. The battles are fought between the men, that hold no super human qualities against men dressed as beasts, also with no super human powers. So, in the movie, it is really man versus man battles. Beowulf has a Christ-like behavior in his charity and caring approach. I don't think the characters in the poem would ever think of having any women helping them in battle. Beowulf does impossible things during battle, such as tearing off one of Grendal's arms. The poem is less interesting in this matter because adding factors of relationships and love in the movie make it much more interesting. While he is doing this, another warrior sees him and just gives him a weird look and walks away. No super human powers, just all out strength and determination.