An Analytical View of Beowulf Essays

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Was the story of Beowulf’s battle between good and evil a reflection of Christ battling Satan? There are 3 major battles within Seamus Heaney's edition of the epic poem Beowulf all of which earn Beowulf some heroic status for saving the town from the evil antagonists that lurk, but is there a deeper meaning behind these battles than just an old tale? Is there some metaphor we are supposed to perceive? Throughout Beowulf there are a lot of different themes to pick and choose from, some interesting and more prevailing ones are that of pride vs. humility and sacrifice vs. selfishness. Beowulf for example is very proud but at the same time humbles himself and offers his credit to the Lord. The bible states in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘“I know the…show more content…
Taylor states after her research that “the common people did have well-formed beliefs and theories that explained and incorporated natural phenomenon into the Christian mythology” proving that Christianity was indeed known at the time. However she also says it was taught a little differently than now a days, “Because most of the people were completely illiterate, a simpler way to express the fundamentals of the new religion had to be found. This ‘picture-book Christianity’ consisted primarily of the saints, prayer and blessings representing goodness and Christianity, and with the devil and various demons and evil spirits as heralds of evil and the causes of all ill in the world” (Kelly B. Taylor). Beowulf representing the hero of the story is illustrated as a saint. He is the answer to the prayers of the Danes whom needed to rid themselves of their demons. Beowulf was translated by a Christian author. Later in the introduction, S.H says “and this circumference and pattern arise, of course, from the poet’s Christianity and from his perspective as an Englishman looking back at places and legends which his ancestors knew before they made their migration from continental Europe to their new home on the island of the Britons.” Seamus Heaney translated the epic poem when Christianity was a newly budding religion in England. “It has been

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