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Although both sides can be argued for Beowulf being Christian or Pagan, I believe that Beowulf is Christian.  I belive this because during the battle with the dragon Beofulf says “While the heat yet rageth, horrible fire-fight. God wot in me, ’tis mickle the liefer”.  This says that during the battle Beowulf felt God was in him, which gave him strength.   During the time that Beowulf needed help the most, Beowulf felt that god gave him power to defeat the dragon.  Beowulf makes many references to god throughout his battles.  This would suggest that Beowulf believes god helps him fight all of the monsters he comes face to face with.

At the end of the story, Beowulf is portrayed as a good Christian.  Further this is done in a similar manner to the way Gawain is portrayed.  The general concepts that are told in both stories are similar along with the language used..  This further strengthens the idea that Beowulf is Christian, or at least the story has been written to make Beowulf look like a Christian.

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  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I think the quote you chose was a great piece of evidence to show how Beowulf is Christian. The quote directly shows Beowulf stating his believe in G-d even though he is originally portrayed as a Pagan. Good job.

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  2. Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you that there is evidence of both Christianity and Paganism in this piece of Literature, although I believe Beowulf was originally to be portrayed as a Pagan I cannot argue the fact that there is Christian reference throughout, but especially toward the end.

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  3. Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    I agree with your view of Beowulf and the evidence sited. I also said that he was a Christian, and that the story serves to promote Christian ideals.

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