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There is some degree of uncertainty regarding the authors of the poem Beowulf. Historians and researchers believe that Beowulf was actually written by two different authors OR written by one and revised by another. They are able to identify a distinct difference in Beowulf’s character from the beginning of the story to the end. When he arrives to help Hrothgar defeat Grendel, he is very haughty; however at the end of the play, he credits his success to God. This exemplifies the journey of Christian, in my opinion. All humans are born with a sin nature. Thus, it is not surprising to see Beowulf be so prideful at the onset of his journey, as pride is the very sin that God hates the most. His journey, which led him to defeat three monsters, provides an overall turning point in his spirituality and offers an air of salvation. Thus, Christian values are sprinkled throughout his journey. For example, as he prepares to fight Grendel, he surrenders the outcome of the battle to God in lines 685-687– And many the Divine Lord in His wisdom grant the glory of victory to whichever side He sees fit.” While Beowulf may have started his journey as a pagan, it is my opinion that he ended it as a Christian.

 

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  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree that Beowulf was on a journey of religiosity, thus why he started out as siding with more pagan views, but later credited G-d for his actions. I think your quote did a great job of exemplifying the tribute to G-d for Beowulf’s success.

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