There were many similarities as well as differences between the text and the movie Beowulf. The overall theme was the same; however a few of the differences I found were when Beowulf inherited the throne, Unferth was very jealous of Beowulf, and the dragon was Beowulf’s son.
In the film, Beowulf inherited the throne. It was Hrothgar the king of Denmark. That would be king of his land at his death. announced Beowulf king. Hrothgar decided life wasn’t worth living. So he went alone by himself in his room stood in the window leaned over and boom right on the rocks he went and died. His wife came running to the room and looked out the window and saw that he was dead. In the text however, Beowulf returned home to rule over Sweden for fifty years.
The film showed Unferth was very jealous of Beowulf because he had power and strength. Warriors where never afraid when they were with Beowulf. Unferth was jealous because Beowulf got crowned king of Denmark. Also Unferth failed to defeat Grendel and will not face him again. Later he respected Beowulf after he killed Grendel and his mother. In contrast, the text never mentioned Unferth feelings toward Beowulf.
In the film after Beowulf killed Grendel. Grendel’s mother was very sad and angry, one cold windy night Grendel’s mother came to Herot to get her revenge. Beowulf woke up in a panic and stared up and saw his men’s fresh bodies hanging from the ceiling. Wiglaf pushed the doors with anger in his voice and says “is Grendel not dead.” In the text, Grendel’s mother did not kill all of Beowulf’s men. She only killed king Hrothgar’s best friend.
Conclusion: In the book of Beowulf there are many differences from the movie. I found my differences when Beowulf inherited the throne, Unferth’s was jealous, and the killing of Grendel’s mother.