Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, whose author is unknown, is an Arthurian Romance/Epic that holds a degree of Christian symbolism. These Christian symbols are intermixed with Britannic Pagan traditions and themes in order to appeal more to the common British people at the time of the early Christianization of Britain. This can be supported by the stories of kings being created in the earlier centuries throughout history. In this particular story, this symbolism is important since all the knights of King Arthur’s Court were supposed to follow a certain chivalrous code of conduct, whether present in the courts or away on some other venture. The chivalric code being the embodiment of Christian virtue and valor, which was expected to be personified
Lamentation was written as Jeremiah wept over the destruction of Jerusalem and the burning of the temple. Jeremiah states how God has rejected his people because of their continuous sin and rebellion against the Lord. The book of Lamentations is all poetry that deals with many different key themes throughout such as justice, sin, and various imagery. One of the key themes in the book of Lamentations is justice. All the suffering and destruction to Jerusalem has been brought on by God however he was right to do so as the people did not listen to him.
Sure, ideas such as loyalty, strength, bravery, and courage are shared across both cultures, but many more intricacies of heroism are not. The heroic actions of Beowulf towards the beginning of the story are rooted primarily in the heroic code of the pagan culture. Following the attack by Grendel’s mother, Beowulf says “It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning…let whoever can win glory before death” (Norton 72). This is at odds with the friendly and forgiving nature, as well as fulfillment in the afterlife, that would have been expected of a Christian hero. In comparison to this search for honor in Beowulf’s character, Hrothgar manages to embody greatly different and vastly more Christian ideals.
God hated Esau for the following reasons: First, he was worldly and arrogant; He did not regard the importance of his birthright and its eternal significance exchanging it with some bread and lentil stew to Jacob to satisfy his hunger (Genesis 25:31-34). Second, he married Canaanite women, which were detestable to God (Genesis 28:9). Clearly, Esau’s life and character was a complete picture of weakness instead of strength (Genesis 49:3); Therefore, God made Esau a servant to his twin brother, Jacob, whose life and faith strongly symbolized hope and power in the Lord that God’s people should emulate— God clearly revealed this truth to Rebekah before she
Machiavelli had a great appreciation for Moses and the methods he used to retain his power, specifically in Exodus 32 where Moses punishes his people for the creation and worship of the Golden Calf. Machiavelli believes that violence is necessary for a leader to hold onto their power, “…all armed prophets have conquered, and the unarmed ones have been destroyed.” (6). Without a leader taking up arms it allows for others to usurp them and gain control. Moses goes so far to say “…. Put every man his sword on his thigh… and each man kill his brother and each man his fellow and each man his kin.’” (Ex 32:27-28) which results in some 3,000 Levites being slaughtered.
The parachutist that fell out of the sky represents the fall of mankind. The beast is the temptation that many people suffer standing up to. Jack could represent Judas, who in the Bible betrayed Jesus. Jack could also represent the Devil who is all evil. Jack and Ralph are a lot like Cain and Abel.
The only thing that would get in the way of their happiness and joy was the monster named Grendel. Grendel lived under the earth, hateful and forged in slime. Grendel was a monster born of Cain, banned by God for the murderous death of his brother Abel. Grendel attacked at night, when the men were asleep. The only survivors were the ones who ran away.
The song sung by the Israelites to praise God for their redemption from slavery reveals their obsession with conquest. Although they acknowledge God’s power, the nature of the song indicates a vast misunderstanding of their relationship with God. The song sung by the Israelites after their redemption from slavery reveals an obsession with conquest, and a disregard for the true nature of God. The Israelites talk excessively about how their enemies will be “gripped” by agony and fear of the Lord’s strength. The use of the word grip suggests that their enemies would be trapped and disempowered by their fear.
Within John Milton’s books “Paradise Lost” he creates Satan as the greater character over God. One who works through the individuals to create havoc. Satan is able to skew the minds of man to do what he wants with that individual and to counteract the word of God. A well known example was then Satan manipulated Eve to eat from the fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil. Though some critics may say that within Eve was Satan’s ultimate defeat others may say Satan’s evil soul is embedded in Adam and Eve, soon enough they are kicked from the palace of lush gardens, and everlasting life.