Christ taught the New Law, which states to avoid violence and love your enemies, if necessary defend yourself. Since beowulf is such a pagan story they probably added the christian references while writing it down. But Grendel's mother sees Beowulf quite differently. Beowulf despises weapons but relies on his strength. By using the three key monsters, Grendel, Grendel's Mother and the Dragon, there are moments within that feed the Christian instinct Lawson.
Since, Christ taught the Trinity and that there is one true God, then it is a part of that religion - so a Christian story must have this belief. Grendel is a fierce and loathsome creature who roams the moors and despises all people and their pleasures. Whenever she battled Beowulf, she could not be injured in her home. To the Anglo-Saxons an epic hero is someone who is larger than life; he or she is daring and noble. Examples of Pagan and Christian traditions are presented all throughout literature.
Written down in approximately 1,000 A. Classroom Set-Up: To make this lesson work, the teacher must have all materials prepared in advance, must have the desks set up in small groups I had three students in each group, although 29 are enrolled in the class , and must have materials placed on the desks when students enter the room. While there are no actual references to Jesus Christ there are some references to god that don't seem to go along with the rest of the story. By killing the dragon, the dragon's treasure was rightfully his. Pagan activity as a stand-alone lesson. Out of the pagan virtues listed: courage, discipline, fidelity, honor, industriousness, perseverance, and self reliance Beowulf depicts absolutely all. Throughout Beowulf , Beowulf earns his honor and glory by fighting monsters and violence which is against what Christians believe.
When the author states that the sleeping men in Herot don't know what fate will await some of them, he mentions Fate, in this case, being future tense and showing the inevitability of death Chin. Up until his battle with Beowulf, Grendel could kill his victims easily. One of the significant issues of this poem is whether or not it is a Pagan or Christian poem. . As such, it has continually influenced perceptions of paganism and Viking culture right up to today! In his battle with Grendel, Beowulf chooses not to use weapons; he relies on his super strength.
So being in the Cain bloodline, Grendel is rejected by God and is forced to live in suffering. The second example is where Beowulf has to face fate and accepts it. Each of the stations is easily adapted to a separate day's work for those choosing to use them that way. The rewriters of the story filled his character with the deep Christian symbolism, turning him into a devilspawn or the Devil himself. This salvation would come about through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. For example, when about to fight mother in her cave, sees a great weapon hanging on the wall.
Not just more gold, but much more of a greed problem as well. As with many of the classic medieval stories there is a sense of a higher being and fate is a major factor in Beowulf. The European epic, Beowulf, was written sometime in the eighth century in England. There are two different cultures reflected towards Beowulf which, are the Christianity culture and the pagan culture. Beowulf, after wanting to get revenge, faltered because he thought he had angered God somehow and broken the Ten Commandments Chin. Grendels actions can be seen almost directly as Satans disgust and jealousy at Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. While this transformation over time has added a new variable to the plot, it is still impossible to try and erase the original pagan plot completely.
The author of Beowulf used the three monsters, Grendel, Grendel's mother and the dragon, to specifically accent some Christian behaviors, not only in the characters in the story, but for the reader as well. Despite this biased depiction of paganism, there are many pagan beliefs and practices present in the poem. Jesus never took if another needed, he never faltered to knowingly follow his chosen path: imminent death The Bible. Beowulf also threw himself into the mess of battle, knowing his day would also come. Even before that, Beowulf tells King Hrothgar that those who would die would have to resign themselves to God's judgment. End of story, he was a one way man whose own ego controlled his will to be exalted. Beowulf fights with Grendel until he tears one of the monster's arms off.
Readers must see both sides of the story not just the pagan views and not just the Christian views. Beowulf showed considerable character throughout the entirety of the epic, which could not have otherwise been brought together by the means of one single religious set of properties. The overriding christian view has many facets and deals with them all as a new way of proposing christianity into the theme of the story. This deed could also be linked to the Fame seeking he was so adamant in partaking in. The pagan elements of the epic are evident in a couple of the characters superhuman qualities during the first two parts of the poem.
Throughout this time period as well as throughout the text a major theme is violence. The reasoning for this is the attempted bridging of a region and audience which was not long separated from its Pagan heritage, but had recently adopted Christianity. Many special swords were carved with runes for protection, blessings, and victory, as well as with prayers or invocations to the Norse gods. While many pagan influences appear in the poem, Christian overtones are more prevalent, exhibiting many elements of Christian heroism in the poem. The rest of the passage shows that it was because of the doubt and fear, instilled in the people by Grendel, that the people of Herot regressed back to their old gods.
More information: If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal:. In many instances, however… The Christian Epic: Beowulf and Christ, Brothers in Arms Against Evil The values of a culture reside in its stories, heroes embody the best of a culture, monsters personify the worst. There is not a single mentioning of Christian God in the story, that could make it more acceptable for the Pagan audience, but still the Christian message in it is clear and strong. He lops off her head and takes it back to the city to show the others. The characters in Beowulf take on different roles that are similar to the characters in the bible. But thinking about it biblically, Cain is only in the Christian religion, in the beginning.