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Udemadu 1 Obieze Udemadu R. Bueckendorf British Literature 22 January 2019 Beowulf Literary Analysis Beowulf is an old Anglo-Saxon story that originated between 700-900 AD. The original author of the story is still unknown, due to the fact that it was originally an oral poem, but was transcribed by a Christian monk around 1100 AD. The story closely reflects the ideals of Anglo- Saxon culture, however, the influence of the Christian transcriber can still be interpreted throughout the text. Many lines in the poem reference Christian beliefs, such as, “He’d have traveled to the bottom of the earth, Edgetho’s son, and died there, if that shining Woven metal had not helped—and Holy God, who sent him victory, gave judgment For truth and right, Ruler of the Heavens, Once Beowulf was back on his feet and fighting.” This is inferred to be added by the transcriber because Anglo-Saxons did not have a firm belief in life after death nor did they believe in God. Beowulf constitutes contextual significance through its reflections of Anglo- Saxon ideals/beliefs and the significance of the antagonists that are represented throughout the story. Many Anglo-Saxon ideals were reflected in the story, one of the most significant being the code of Comitatus. Comitatus, in short terms, is the indisputable loyalty that warriors share with their kings in exchange for fame and riches. The entire plot of Beowulf revolved around the idea of comitatus, which was reflected through the relationship between Hrothgar, Beowulf, and his men. Beowulf explicitly reflected the idea of comitatus because he had indisputable loyalty to
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