Keeping Briton’s Religious Origins Alive through Ancient Literature

1129 WordsJan 28, 20185 Pages
A ‘trend of unhappy endings’ was consistent in literary works of the Medieval period, where the heroes and heroines don’t live happily ever after but are instead brought great strife and are eventually killed. These tales were often reflections of the old heritage of the Britons as their religious influence persevered even after being marginalized both geographically and politically. Rather than reflecting the pessimism of the Britons after being conquered by outside forces, the tales reminded the people of the worthiness of their suffering as they connected to the heroes and heroines in the stories. Furthermore, the persistence of these religious genres is evidenced in ancient literature such as Beowulf, The Myth of Arthur’s Return, or Diedru and the Exile of the Sons of Uisliu, as they retained remnants of origins of the Britons’ religious beliefs. In Beowulf, King Hrothgar, the ruler of Danes, is troubled by the rampages of a demon named Grendel. Fortunately, a young Geat warrior, Beowulf, travels from his own kingdom across the seas, to Heorot Hall offering his assistance with the pest problem. Before the tale has even really reached the action of the story, there are already subtle hints of Christ-like similitude and religious characteristics. Beowulf, like Christ, is from a foreign land and travels to a distant place to save a kingdom’s people from the evil demon that haunts and terrorizes them. Beowulf battles this demon in hand-to-hand combat and tears Grendel’s arm

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