[Author’s s name] Christian and Pagan elements in the epic Beowulf The epic Beowulf was written in a time period when the Anglo-Saxon society was going through a major transition from Paganism to Christianity…
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Christian elements may entail that Beowulf demonstrates Christ-like behavior and is the epitome of loyalty, honor and valiance. Grendel is described as a descendant of Cain; who is a biblical character. Hrothbar often makes a number of references to “eternal rewards” (p. 207), which refers to the Christian belief regarding the Hereafter that shows the mix of Christian and pagan beliefs in the epic. Work Cited Orchard, Andy. Critical Companion to Beowulf. Boydell & Brewer Ltd. 2003.
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Grendel is cursed; he is called a pagan and sentenced to the tortures of the damned. And yet he himself is like a devil. In this layered understanding of the forces of evil pagan and Christian views are intertwined. Also, understanding of God the Creator in Beowulf is no less specific.
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It is therefore mostly designed or created to entertain its intended audience and utilizes a great many kinds of literary devices such as the fusion of fictional events with real historical events. Additionally, it also utilizes a combination of pagan elements which reflected the situational context of the times when the poem was created and an adoption of certain Christian elements to suit a story line to new trends which was the growing Christian conversion of pagan tribes.
As a result of this, many of the verses that clearly indicated its pagan belongings have been changed to ones that point to a Christian frame of reference. The origins of Beowulf remain undoubtedly pagan, however, and the different notions that are held by the characters of the work are influenced and decided by the pagan beliefs of the Norse and the Germanic tribes of the Middle Ages.
Although many individuals might not notice the connection between Christian and Pagan that is represented within Beowulf, this connection is nonetheless evident and extraordinarily important to understanding some of the thematic and historical reasons for why such a connection exists.
If expectation is about hope, love, lust and truth, then there is also a burning desire to control all of these and not quite leave it up to Fate to deliver them. But if fate must have it all, these texts must find a way to make peace with it or fight it or give it with dignity and yet give into the temptation of tricking it!
Thesis Beowulf a hero possesses courage and strength important for all heroes combined with self search and self-identification process which helps him to fight and survive.
Courage and self-search are important elements of the narration underlining heroic nature of Beowulf and his unique personality features.
But the epic poem is not strictly limited to the heroism of Beowulf. Instead, it extends to other sub-plots like the attempt of Grendel’s mother to take revenge on her son’s death. The overall mood created by the poem is strictly based