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Beowulf Vs. The 13th Warrior Essay

853 words - 4 pages

Michael Crichton intertwined some aspects of Beowulf with his own thoughts to produce the drama, “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf, written down by an unnamed Christian monk in the 8th century, served as a framework for the plot of “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior” have many differences but the similarities that they share are more abundant through out the two pieces.

Instead of doing a direct translation of Beowulf, the writer of the “The 13th Warrior” used his creativity to fabricate a new story. To start off, “The 13th Warrior” is seen through the eyes of Antonio Banderas’ character, Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan, while Beowulf told the story of Beowulf from a third person point ...view middle of the document...

They were a fairly selfish group of men who wished to dominate other villages around them; therefore they attacked Herot, showing their power. “The 13th Warrior” had to keep something in common with Beowulf in order to be acknowledged as being derived from the epic poem.

There are a few scenes in “The 13th Warrior” that are comparable to scenes in Beowulf. When Ahmed and his men were attacked by the bear men in the small hut, they fought for a while and the bear men fled back into the night to their cave. This scene is correspondent to when Beowulf defeated Grendel in the mead-hall. Grendel fled back into the night, down to his cave under the hellish waters of the lake. After these scenes in Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior” another event takes place that is much like each other. Beowulf is asked to find Grendel’s mother and slay her as well. He searches for hours in the lake until he is snatched by her and is carried to her cave. Beowulf slaughters her here. In “The 13th Warrior” Ahmed and his comrades murdered the bear men’s mother, just as Beowulf had done to Grendel’s mother.

There are other similarities in Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior” that can be found throughout the poem and movie; they are not necessarily represented by certain scenes or events. The Anglo-Saxon code relates to many characters in Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior.” The Anglo-Saxon code...

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