Beowulf : An Allusion To Christianity, Jesus, And God

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Throughout the story of Beowulf there are many an allusion to Christianity, Jesus, and God. This was not in the original oral story, as the original story had a more Pagan influence, especially with its incorporation of the Heroic Code. It is blatantly obvious the distinct and plentiful clashes the story has with itself, as it tries to keep elements of the Heroic Code as well as implementing elements of Christianity and the Bible. The shifts from Heroic Code to Christianity and vice verse aren’t even spaced out evenly within the poem, or gradually hinted at throughout. This first quote comes from the beginning of the story and it says, “So his mind turned / To hall-building: he handed down order / For men to work on a great mead-hall” (l. 67-69). Almost directly after this you see the clash of Christianity, with the poem saying, “It would be his throne-room and there he would dispense / His God-given goods to young and old--” (l.71-72). Right before the hall being built by Hrothgar was even mentioned there is another example of the Heroic Code’s influence, with the poem saying, “The fortunes of war favored Hrothgar. / Friends and kinsmen flocked to his ranks, / Young followers, a force that grew / To be a mighty army…” (l.64-67). Telling about how to be a great king and how to gain your fortune through war is a classic part of the Heroic Code, but Christianity must make its way into the story somehow with the reference to his fortune while being gained through war, it was

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