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  • Beowulf: the Pagan & Christian Epic Hero

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    Beowulf has both pagan and Christian influences. Throughout the story there are many elements of Christian teachings: that man survives only through the protection of God, that all earthly gifts flow from God, and that the proper bearing of man is to be humble and unselfish (, 2011). While many pagan influences appear in the poem, Christian overtones are more prevalent, exhibiting many elements of Christian heroism in the poem. An example is when Beowulf says “God must decide who will be

  • Creation, Flood and the Hero in Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Christian Bible

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    Another similarity is the fall of man and the search for everlasting life. The snake is represented in both of the stories. Gilgamesh is searching for everlasting life, and the everlasting life is within a flower. Gilgamesh finds the flower but is confronted by the snake and drops it. However, in Genesis, a snake confronted Adam and Eve. It was Eve who would not have even thought about eating the forbidden fruit without the snake tempting her. She then turns around and offers the fruit to Adam. This

  • Beowulf : Christian Or Pagan Epic?

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    Michael Smith Waterman English 12 24 September 2015 Beowulf: Christian or Pagan Epic? Believe it or not, Thor was not just a fictional superhero that appeared in comics created by Marvel. Ultimately stemming from Proto-Indo-European religion, Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of Germanic mythology and paganism. Pagans, a member of a community observing a polytheistic religion, dominated Southern Europe society and literature until Christianity slowly drove out paganism

  • Beowulf - Pagan or Christian Epic? Essay

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    Beowulf Pagan or Christian Epic Beowulf: Pagan or Christian Epic? Although the story of Beowulf is filled with references to religion and faith, many discrepancies occur throughout the story that suggest that Beowulf is not a Christian epic. The character of Beowulf frequently speaks to God and obviously believes in His existence. However, pagan practices are mentioned in several places. Beowulf often refers to another being rather than the Christian God. Pagan practices of cremation and

  • Beowulf And The Epic 's Christian Identity

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    the Epic’s Christian Identity Composed in early eighth century by an unknown author the epic poem Beowulf, follows the exploits of the protagonist of the same name. Originally composed orally by a tribe’s scop, the epic of Beowulf delivers insight on the lives and adventures of characters that lived in the sixth century. Although, the tale of Beowulf was formulated during post Roman collapse by presumably pagan people; written around seven hundred A.D., it is probable that a Christian monk transcribed

  • Epic of Beowulf - Contradictory Christian Elements in Beowulf

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    Contradictory Christian Elements in Beowulf        In Beowulf the Christian element, which coexists alongside the pagan or heathen, sometimes in a seemingly contradictory fashion, is many faceted.   Certainly the Christian element seems to be too deeply interwoven in the text for us to suppose that it is due to additions made by scribes at a time when the poem had come to be written down. The Christian element had to be included by the original poet or by minstrels who recited it in

  • The Civil Rights Movement And Mccarthyism

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    Roman epic film genre was extremely popular in the 50s and 60s for its spectacle and relevance to the contemporary social and political atmosphere. During this time period, WWII created a growing uneasiness and hatred for “evil” dictatorships; simultaneously, Christianity was becoming more important to establish the superiority of the United States. Then, at the forefront of American politics was the Civil Rights movement and McCarthyism, which prompted Americans to live up to the Christian religion

  • Paganism In Beowulf

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    In the epic poem Beowulf the poem depicts the time in religious history where Christian and pagan beliefs were introduced to society. This poem was written in the time of the Anglo-Saxon period where pagan was the preferred religion. In later years as time gradually passed, Christianity became one of the more favored religions. Beowulf contains many elements of both religions. Though paganism was very popular throughout this poem, it showed a mixture of the two beliefs. These beliefs played a major

  • Theme Of Paganism In Beowulf

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    The longest epic poem ever written in the genre of Old English is “Beowulf”, it has been composed in the native language as spoken during the Anglo-Saxon reign in England, preceding the Norman Conquest. Beowulf is regarded as a classic tale which relates the defeat of evil and triumph of good. The poem is divided into three acts. Christian and Pagan Influences in Beowulf: The Pagan deities, rituals as well as pagan ideas influenced Beowulf, when it was being created, though the passing down of

  • The Importance Of The Epic Decision In Paradise Lost

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    would shock and confuse the Christian world. John Milton, a poet and a servant of the commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell, understood more than most the power of Christianity and the effects that it had on its sympathizers. In 1667, he decided to write an epic that would justify God’s actions to man, and how sin and death came into being, through the arduous decisions made by Adam and Eve. This epic was called Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost is a nontraditional epic in that the main decision