act when confronted with loss Author gives demons a biblical origin The seed of

Act when confronted with loss author gives demons a

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act when confronted with loss Author gives demons a biblical origin The seed of Cain, or the son of Adam in the bible who committed the first crime
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of killing brother Descendant cast out in exile forever, always to fight their battle against humanity Grendel is “the old enemy” and “the fiend of mankind” Grendel, a fen monster, is the opposing force of Christianity Beowulf’s blade had magical powers Blacksmiths considered magicians in Anglo-Saxon days Poem’s world and heros were Pagan, the poet was Christian The Dream of the Rood gives insight to how an Anglo-Saxon audience reacted to the poem Similarities between The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf include Christ, leader of the warriors, and the Holy God and sin of Cain Pagan past and Christian future, allowed to honor the ancestors, God connected the two The dragon’s lair inspiration: great stone circles, ancient stone burial grounds where ancestral treasures were stored and guarded by dragons Standing stones were like entry points to the underworld Imagined this is where the final scene played out Both dragon and Beowulf are encountering their destiny and fate Beowulf tested three times: first two were warrior tests, third is spiritual, to live up to his gloriful past Character development of Beowulf: brave young man to win glory to old, intuitive, and having sympathy → European tragedy First written form was anglian dialect, form is now in West Saxon Beowulf lives and dies as a nobel Pagan ancestor but with morality Christians can admire
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