Story of Revenge

A Beowulf and Hamlet Theme Comparison

Beowulf's Revenge Theme

Revenge is a catalyst used by Beowulf!

Beowulf sets out to restore his family's name by defeating the monster Grendel. The importance of his fathers name is mentioned in the below quote;

"In his day, my father was a famous man, a noble warrior-lord named Ecgtheow."

"I am Hygelac's kinsman, one of his hall-troop. When I was younger, I had great triumphs. Then the news of Grendel, hard to ignore, reached me at home."

Grendel's mother seeks vengeance after her son's death at the hands of Beowulf!

"But now his mother had sallied forth on a savage journey, grief-racked and ravenouse, desperate for revenge."

Like any mother in her position, Grendel's mother was heartbroken when she realized her son had been killed by Beowulf. She needed no other motivation that said news to take up vengeance.

Hamlet's Revenge Theme

Hamlet Seeks Revenge After Finding Out The Truth About His Father

Hamlet was told by a spirit (his father's spirit), that he was murdered by King as indicated in the below conversation between him and his father's spirit;


Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.




Murder most foul, as in the best it is,

But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.


Haste me to know 't, that I, with wings as swift

As meditation or the thoughts of love,

May sweep to my revenge."

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Beowulf & Hamlet Movie Trailers

Beowulf (2007) - HD Trailer
Hamlet (1996) Trailer

by: Robert Walker