Christianity And Paganism In Beowulf

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The expression “Jesus take the wheel” is quite common in today’s world, but just because it is a modern saying does not mean that it did not have any relevance in earlier time. Throughout the story of Beowulf, a comparison between Christianity and paganism had always been a topic discussed both within the text and spoken aloud in the classroom. Likewise, in this instance, man-made issues serves as a mirror of paganism and trust in God becomes Christianity. Many factors throughout section three revert to paganism rather than Christianity because there was no trust in God. Details such as pride, arranged marriage, and death are the major aspects of man-made issues in this section. Pride is known as one of the most destructive sins of the seven deadly sins in the Catholic religion. This emotion is expressed at the beginning of chapter twenty-seven when Beowulf gives the coastguard a sword when leaving Denmark. In Beowulf’s perspective this scenario shows honor and compassion. However, the bedazzled sword brought the coastguard fame in the mead hall. It gave him pride to be carrying such an elegant piece of armor. It sparked jealousy among the other soldiers. In contrast, if trust in God would have been present, then there would be no need for pride and jealousy and all soldiers would be equal. A weapon engraved in gold and lathered with precious jewels would be nothing but gift out of courtesy. While visiting with Hygelac, Beowulf tells him about the adventures he had

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