Beowulf Pagan or Christian

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Beowulf-Pagon or Christian? Beowulf, a hero epic poem with Anglo-Saxon traditions, yet infused with Christian references and ideals. The identity of writer who wrote Beowulf is unknown, experts are still undecided if the writer was a Christian monk interested in pagan epics, that wanted to intertwine Christian values within the story. Throughout the story there is a constant battle between good and evil, moral virtues, and unselfishness. Which in turn, emulate the same values within the Christian beliefs. The beginning of the story talks about the kings “were gracious and generous gift-givers”(Rosenberg). “When it came time for such a king to die, his soul made the journey to God, and it remained in peace there forever”(Rosenberg). Christian faith teaches mankind to be generous and unselfish to others and their soul will enter the kingdom of heaven. “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”(Bible). Another example of Christian influence is the character Grendel. “Descended from the race of Cain, Grendel bore the age old curse, the mark of murder, of his death-dealing ancestor” (Rosenberg). Cain, who was the first born son of Adam and Eve, was cursed for murdering his brother Abel. “A mark was put upon him to warn others that killing Cain would provoke the vengeance of God, that if someone did something to harm Cain, the damage would come back sevenfold” (Wikipedia). Grendel represents darkness, were as darkness represents evil and opposite being light which represents good. Within the Christian faith Jesus Christ represents light, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Bible). In the Bible, there is the constant battle between good and evil, the battle between Beowulf and Grendel was also the battle between good and
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