Christianity and paganism are expressed within the epic, Beowulf . Christianity is a monotheistic religion. Followers believe that “God” is inhuman. God is free of human troubles. Also, the difference between good and evil is a Christian concept. On the other hand, paganism is very different from Christianity. Paganism is polytheistic, which means followers believe in many gods. Greeks and Vikings typically believed in this religion. They believe that the gods have human qualities and feel human emotions. Feelings such as jealousy, greed, lust, and violence often get the gods into trouble. The pagan culture also valued vengeance, wealth, pride, loyalty, courage, and violence. Christianity is expressed in many different images, characters, and words throughout the epic. Many obvious words are evil, hell, and holy represent the Christian faith. Beowulf, also known as the “shepard of evil” or “guardian of crime” is the main character in the story. He fights evil even if it is only
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