Beowulf And The Pagan Elements

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Beowulf was written in England about sometime in the 8th century. This provides us with an idea of that when the poem was written during a time when society was in the process if being converted from the Paganism Religion to the Christianity Religion. The Christian influences were combined with the early folklores and heroic legends of the German tribes, that whether or not Christian and bible influences were added later on to the original document. The fact that Christianity and Paganism were so closely intertwined with each other in the poem is the reason that Beowulf has both of the influences of Christianity and Paganism influences. The Pagan elements in the poem of Beowulf are shown by the character’s having superhuman personifications. Beowulf is depicted as a superhero, who takes it upon himself to save the great Danes from the monster Grendel. In his battle with Grendel, Beowulf chooses not to use weapons against the monster Grendel. He wants to fight him in a fair fight, he relies on his super strength to win the fight. During the fight, his strength takes over and he wrestles with Grendel until he is able to rip, Grendel’s arm out of socket. Let’s start with how Christianity was introduced, by the character Beowulf always trusting in god as his protector and how that God uses him as an epic hero type to slay the monsters Grendel and the other monsters as well that are hurting King Hrothgar and his people. Beowulf’s courage and faith is shown throughout the story,
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