The Existence Of God In Beowulf

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In history, many cultures have accepted the existence of God(s), such as Greece and they are described as a helper or enemy of people. For example, in ancient Greece, various Gods are involved in the fights to support a group of people or go against them. Similarly, in the Anglo-Saxon text, Beowulf, the poet refers to God as the protector of Beowulf and someone who oversees everything, while describing God as a punisher of Grendel the monster. It is apparent that the author is Christian by showing spirituality in the book. In addition, the poet provides many details in the story that concerns with spirituality and considers God as the sole entity controlling everything and the characters in Beowulf are either with or against him. In Beowulf, the monster Grendel is referred to being related to the story of Cain and Abel from the bible. These two brothers are the children of Adam and Eve, the first humans…show more content…
Everybody in the Cain’s clan is cursed only by God and because one of their ancestors committed a sin. The poet incorporates these Christian stories to give reasons to why the Danes hate Grendel and excludes him from society. On the other side, God protects people like Beowulf because he shows courage, honesty, pride, and humility.
Moreover, the poet includes abundant Christian references in Beowulf, such as indicating that God protected and supported Beowulf. Beowulf, opposite of Grendel, is favored by god because he showed courage by helping the Danes to kill Grendel. He also shows bravery when he says:
As God is my witness, I would rather my body were robed in the same burning blaze as my gold-giver's body than go back home bearing arms. That is unthinkable, unless we have first slain the foe and defended the life of the prince of the Weather-Geats. I well know the things he has done for us deserve better. Should he alone be left
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