Beowulf - 1 Courtney Verblaauw Dr. Graves Literature I...

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Courtney Verblaauw Dr. Graves Literature I November 19, 2010 Christianity vs. Paganism in Beowulf Beowulf is a connection between two traditions, Christianity and Paganism. However, there is a noticeable struggle in depicting between which one has the greater influence throughout the epic poem. Christianity's moralities are based on modesty and poverty. On the other hand, the virtues of courage in war and the acceptance of feuds between men and countries, as a fact of life, branch from the older Pagan tradition. Beowulf brings these two convictions together through the actions of the characters. Even though Beowulf possesses spiritual strength, he is not particularly concerned with the Christian virtues. He wants to help others in a Christian way, but his incentive for doing so is problematical. Beowulf has an impatience for material rewards and worldly fame, which are characteristics of Paganism. Beowulf does have the heart of a Christian by wanting to help people, but wants the selfish rewards of Paganism. The epic poem, Beowulf, effectively combines Pagan and Christian elements to demonstrate the moral confusion of that time period.   Beowulf is a Christain Hero. The poem stresses that the values, principles, and morals of Beowulf are extremely important, and that God is the protector of all. After defeating Grendel’s mother in battle, Beowulf gives all of the acknowledgment to God. “If God had not helped me, the outcome would have been quick and fatal” (1657-1658).
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