Beowulf And Christianism Analysis

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The inclusion of Christian and other religious themes and influence often deepen the plot, morality, and culture found in a work, especially in English literature. The dealings with God and other religious ideas and actions often show what is done publicly or in the darkness of the culture, leading to pivotal plot points in a story. Yet, even in the midst of the religious corruption, God stands as the judge and helper or enemy of those who act for or against Him. Starting with Beowulf and continuing with Macbeth, the authors use pagan and Christian elements to prove that God intervenes for those who do not turn their backs on Him. Beowulf proves God intervenes, even when a person or a group of people do not know Him. The working idea of God that even the noblest of pagans still involved evil practices and demonic influence, yet God displays mercy through His dealings with them. God recognizes that they, at best, believed that “Wyrd”, or fate, had control of their lives, including their current problem with Grendel. Yet God’s mercy shines through through His sending of the hero Beowulf and His divine protection of Hrothgar’s throne. God even uses the pre-modern European pagan practices to speak into the lives of the people, as seen with the wise men of the Gaets who observed the “omens," that leads to the decision to send Beowulf to the Danes. God speaks in a spiritual way to those who don’t know Him and, much like Nineveh in the Book of Jonah, God sends help to even the
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