Essay on Beowulf - Profile Of An Epic Hero

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There are stories told all over the world handed down from generation to generation. Some remember these stories by memory, but are lost in time, and some write them down to be remembered forever as a part of history. Beowulf is one such story that has been mysteriously remembered for many centuries. I’ve very much enjoyed reading Beowulf. However, since this story has been around for so long many people have added, reduced, or omitted bits and pieces of the story. In other words, it has become an almost epic legend, never knowing if it was real or if it is rumor. And like any rumor being told to others, the story gets better and better over time like a fine wine. Since this poem has been around for many centuries, it is clear in much of …show more content…
The narrator depicts Grendel as “a powerful demon” and a “fiend out of hell” and even incorporates where this abomination is derived from. The narrator tells us that he emerged from the curse of “the Creator” in which he “condemned as outcasts”. This story is derived from the book of Genesis in the bible. In which states, “And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him”-Genesis 4:15. The narrator refers to one god many times in the story and incorporates many sayings in the bible from the Old Testament as well as some from the New Testament, such as the beatitudes.
The beatitudes can be found in the New Testament in Mathew 5:1-12. The beatitudes are said to be the teachings of Jesus, which opens the Sermon on the Mount. In the bible are also many forms of “Blessed is he” in which we also see in Beowulf. “But blessed is he who after death can approach the Lord and find friendship in the Father’s embrace.” This verse in the poem not only acknowledges that there is one God the father but also acknowledges that there is a son for you can’t be a father without having a son. We know that the people in Beowulf are believed to be pagan and maybe the father/son reference is to the god Odin and his son Thor, but there is much evidence to support that the God is the “almighty” father as Christians know there one God to be. This verse also resembles much of the verses from Psalms and Proverbs in the New Testament.
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