The Comparison of Beowulf and The Gladiator
In every story or fairy tale it is always issues of good and evil that intensify and escalate conflict. In the Gladiator and in the epic poem Beowulf, there were many similarities that occurred. For instance Maximus and Beowulf were well respected, loyal, and they fought for what they believed in. In both stories the good and evil manifested through the themes of Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Fate and Destiny.
The characteristics of good is defined as one being positive in nature, which characterizes Beowulf and Maximus. They were very positive people and helpful to others. On the other hand the characteristics of evil is defined as the act of being wicked, which resembled the characteristics of Grendel and Commodus. Grendel and Commodus both were wretched.
Beowulf was a powerful warrior who fought Grendel, as to Maximus was a mighty warrior who battled Commodus. Grendel was jealous of the people in Herot Hall, because he had no one to associate with. He lived dark and gloomy. So to make others miserable, he attacked them viciously. This is when Beowulf takes over and battles him in Herot Hall one on one. Beowulf killed Grendel by pulling his arm from his socket, which made him bleed to death. However Maximus most important dual was with Commodus. Commodus was jealous of Maximus because Marcus Aurelis chose Maximus as his heir. He did everything in his power to have Maximus killed, but Maximus over came many of Commodus challenges. This is when the battle begins. Commodus cut Maximus so he won't be as powerful. Even though this slowed his energy down, he still managed to kill Commodus.
At the end of both stories Beowulf and Maximus dies. They both fought...
Gladiator. Comparison From The Movie To Actual History. Similarities And Differences
In the movie, many things portrayed are the same as what really happened in Roman history. Some things though, are a little different in the actual history of Rome than in the movie. Scenes were changed in the movie too, to make the plot more interesting. I connected what I could between the movie and the actual history of Rome.
Maximus was the general of Rome and a really good general at that. He lead Rome to many victories. He was so great and loyal that in the movie, Marcus Aurelius actually asked him to succeed him in the throne. When Commodus heard this from his father, he killed him and sentenced Maximus to death. When Maximus escaped, he was picked up by a group of men and sold as a slave to become a gladiator. As a gladiator, he fought many different types of gladiators. Quicker ones had nets with tridents and slower ones had curved swords with shields. There were some gladiators that even had chariots. In the actual history of Rome, there really were different types of gladiators. The gladiators with the net and trident were called the retarius. The gladiator with the curved sword and shield were called the samnite. I'm not too sure if there were gladiators that used chariots as their weapons but it sounds likely since it is thought that the colosseum was filled up and used for boat wars. Using chariots would be easy for them and entertaining for the crowd. There's a scene in the movie where it's a one on one battle between Maximus and a champion gladiator. Maximus is barely armed and protected. All he has is a sword and shield I believe. The other man has two swords, a mask for protection, and heavy armor. This shows how each type of gladiator was to fight a different kind of gladiator so the match would be even and fair.
In the movie, Commodus is very sneaky and vengeful. He uses murder in his politics also. He killed his father, tried to kill Maximus and even wanted to get rid of the senate in order for him to become a "true emperor." He thinks the senate is unneeded and believes himself to be more of a people's person then the actual senators. In history, there was much murder in the government also. The Gracchis were murdered as well as Caesar. Commodus tries to assassinate and kill Maximus since Maximus is supposed to be the successor to the...
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