Beowulf: Critical Views On Christianity

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One of the most remarkable epic poems ever composed was written during the Anglo-Saxon period. Written by an unknown author, Beowulf is an exciting piece of literature containing many Christian religious ties and heroic virtues. One repeating technique used in Beowulf is mythical archetypal. In Beowulf, this is where references and themes of former Biblical characters and battles were used. Both good and evil were given comparisons to Biblical characters such as Cain, David, and Goliath. During the Anglo-Saxon period, between 449-1066, Christianity first arose. By the year 650, most all of England was appeared to be Christian. Beowulf is shown as a great hero who saved the Danes with his superhuman powers given from God. Beowulf is a blend of Christian traditions, with virtues including loyalty, courage, and faith inscribed within the epic poem.

Beowulf is portrayed as a very loyal character in this poem. He shows his complete loyalty towards the Danes, and his willingness to fight for what his beliefs are.

He fights to protect the Danes from Grendel, Grendel's mother, and Firedragon. Beowulf sides with the protagonists to fight evil monsters causing harm towards other men (Wain 137). Although Beowulf is a Geat, not a Dane, he still shows his loyalty to help good prevail over evil. Showing his belief to help the Danes in their time of need, Beowulf risks his life to protect them. Beowulf's loyalty is more towards the protection of all humanity, not just the Danes. When news reaches Beowulf of Grendel's terrorism, he didn't hesitate to rush and help the Danes.

Beowulf's courage is shown through his willingness and bravery to fight against bigger adversaries such as Grendel and Grendel's mother (Wain 145). He doesn't back down from any opponent, and believes he will always win with God on...