Beowulf and Christianity Essay

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Beowulf and Christianity

Beowulf and Christianity
There are stories told all over the world handed down from generation to generation. Some
remember these stories by memory, but are lost in time, and some write them down to be
remembered forever as a part of history. Beowulf is one such story that has been
mysteriously remembered for many centuries. I've very much enjoyed reading Beowulf.
However, since this story has been around for so long many people have added, reduced, or
omitted bits and pieces of the story. In other words, it has become an almost epic legend,
never knowing if it was real or if it is rumor. And like any rumor being told to others,
the story gets better and better over time like a fine wine. Since this poem has been
around for many centuries, it is clear in much of the readings that Christianity is highly
incorporated, even though the poem is composed of a Scandinavian hero that is pagan and
the poem gives us an overview of what Anglo-Saxon culture would have been like. Most
scholars are sure that this poem was composed in England and that it was written sometime
between the 8th and 11th century. We read in many books that during the 6th and 7th
century, England was converting to Christianity. In view of the fact that most of the
sayings in Beowulf are Germanic paganistic sayings I believe that since the narrator was
Christian, he incorporated many of the sayings to be in beatitude form and that it seems
clear that he only referred to one god instead of many which is the ideal way of Paganism.

When we first begin to read Beowulf even the description of Grendel as the "grim demon"
has many translated words of a Christian culture. The narrator depicts Grendel as "a
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