Christian Symbolism In Beowulf

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Beowulf meets literature Beowulf is an early poem set during the time of England changing from pagan to a Christian culture. Beowulf was told over the years by the Pagan Anglo-Saxons. The poem is about a hero who defeats monsters for the fame. The poem depicts both the pagan and Christian. Beowulf was a hero who dies during battle but still gets his fame that he so longed for. The poem is been passed down all over the world and became a great literature piece to study or just enjoy. Many people once believe in this poem and currently still do. This poem is the most commonly told, even though others believe in other ways the epic is told. When the legendary epic Beowulf comes to mind, think of varies the examples…show more content…
When Grendel has a feast on the soldiers shows symbolism. In this part of the epic Grendel is done with his killing for the night “The blood dripping behind him, back/ to his lair, delighted with his night’s slaughter” (Lines 39-40). Grendel killing the soldiers symbolized the rage that he had to the kingdom for celebrating Christianity. Grendel feels victory after he ate the soldiers and feels undefeated. As long as he can eat the soldiers he will have the upper hand. Another example of symbolism is when Beowulf bought Grendel’s body to the kingdom. The soldiers believed in hanging body parts to show honor “From the rafters where Beowulf hung it, was the monsters/ arm, claw and shoulder and all” (Lines409-410). The body parts are hung to symbolize shame for the monster and victory for the kingdom. With this great victory Beowulf could have the fame he longed for although he needed to defeat more than just…show more content…
/ Nor will I” (Lines 263-265). Beowulf is a very noble hero so he feels it’s fair to not fight an opponent with a weapon when he does not have one to defend. Grendel expresses how evil he was with the soldiers. Long and hard years the kingdom waited “Twelve winters of grief for Hrothgar, king/ Of the Danes, sorrow heaped at his at his door...” (Lines 63-64). He never gives up on hurting the kingdom that he continued to eat, without an opponent he continues to defeat the kingdoms warriors. Until the hero came to defeat Grendel and finally won because he strived for fame. Beowulf is very ambitious, ready to go to battle anywhere. The epic states “When he hears the tale of Hrothgar’s distress, he sets sail for Denmark to rid the land of its fear” (“Beowulf”). Beowulf did not know who these people were yet he sent sail for this journey just to earn a win on his hero card. Although the people were not welcoming, they were despite for a
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