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The text explores a variety of themes, including fate vs. free will, as well as religious concerns related to Anglo-Saxon belief and Christian ideology. This essay examines these themes and argues that they demonstrate Beowulf is a text that embraces free will most firmly.
Fate and free both play prominent roles in Beowulf. Ostensibly, the poem embraces the notion of fate. In these regards, the poet indicates that God controls the characters’ actions. The poem states, “Fate goes ever as fate must” (31). This statement refers to the notion of fate as dictating the lives and actions of the main characters. While the epic poem ostensibly embraces fate, in other instances, it seems to adopt an epistemological outlook that indicates the characters are responsible for their actions. One considers that the poem states, “And a young prince must be prudent like that, giving freely while his father lives so that afterwards in age when fighting starts steadfast companions will stand by him and hold the line. Behavior that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere” (20-25). This statement considers the nature of behavior in warrior society. The emphasis on behavior is a clear embracement of the notion of human free will. Ultimately, both fate and free will are exemplified in the poem.
Beowulf also explores Anglo-Saxon and Christian religious ideology. The contrasting position of religious ideology and Anglo-Saxon belief in the story seems to indicate that the text most comprehensively embraces free will. Christian ideology is a prominent part of the text, as God is viewed as overseeing the action in the story. Additionally, the importance of being humble is viewed as deriving from Christian ideology. In this way, Christian ideology is woven into the very fabric of the text. In addition to these elements, however, Anglo-Saxon elements are considered that at times are not
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This research begins with the statement that in many Greek plays the concept of fate was used as a major theme. Sophocles presents the reader with three stories about Oedipus Rex, where he struggles with his fate because of his free will. The reader is able to see this in the first story, where Oedipus encounters the Sphinx’s Riddle and ends up sleeping with his mother and killing his father.
He hides in the abbey along with other many wealthy nobles; his abbey has seven rooms decorated with different colors. Through fate, a mysterious person enters each room and through this, Prospero and the guests dies as a result of confronting the stranger (Edgar 20).
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On the contrary, is a predetermined happening event in someones life that you can control through decision making. There is a widespread notion that destiny dictates the definite ends of both nations and individuals. Men often have an inner belief that there are some incidences or occurrences that are beyond their control.
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