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Beowulf was written during a time when pagan traditions were very influential. The story was attended to use pagan stories and creatures to bring the message of Christ. However, I believe Beowulf was a Christian. The story was filled with many Christian themes. For example, before Beowulf challenges Grendel, he is an seen as a unstoppable monster. When he goes to fight Grendel, it is apparent that he has the light and gifting from God. When he goes to kill the dragon he goes with 12 men, which represent the disciples. Only one God sends Beowulf who can be seen as Christ, to save the kingdom and cleanse everyone’s souls. His journey throughout the story can be seen as a transformation from pagan values to Christian values. The author points out throughout the story Beowulf has gained his success through the help of God. It is also important to note the people around him constantly influence with Christian ideas. For example in the story the author states, “O flower of warriors, beware of that trap. 
 Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part,
eternal rewards. Do not give way to pride” (1758-1768). This passage refers to Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother. Hrothgar warns him over the dangers of success and not to lose sight over future perils. He then emphasizes the point of not getting caught up in his pride and focusing on “eternal rewards” rather then a heroic legacy. The author presented the creatures in a very evil way to show the evil of not being a Christian. Beowulf is a noble guy because he presents good Christian values and is with God during his many battles. For this reason I am Team Saint for his shift from pagan to Christian values. Because of his portrayal of the perfect Christian warrior, Beowulf is seen as a hero and a character idolized by its people and the reader.

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  1. Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I like how you show that Beowulf has the light from god, i had that in my post as well. I like how you talk about eternal rewards as well in regards to christianity, good post

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  2. Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a good way of putting this that Beowulf has the light from God and also the comparison between the creatures and evil.

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