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In the story Beowulf the main character Beowulf is portrayed as a Christ-like figure Though only a careful reader may pick up on it we know that Beowulf is Christ-like through his actions his personality and some symbolism Also what the other characters in the story and the narrator say about him indicates that he is Christ-like Beowulf experiences some of the same or similar things that Christ experienced too With a close interpretation and a deep analysis of the story there is more than enough evidence to prove that Beowulf is Christ-like To start off the very first line in the story that deals with Beowulf is Of living strong men he was the strongest p 9 and it then goes on to tell of Beowulfs noble characteristics This puts him above the rest of mankind but still much lower than God Jesus Christ a mortal as well as Beowulf seemed to be the same in rank Throughout the story the narrator and other characters tell of Beowulfs Christ-like characteristics For example Hrothgar king of the Danes said God in His mercy has sent him Beowulf to save usfrom Grendels assaultsp 13 God sent his son Jesus Christ the savior to save all of us from sin This quote from Hrothgar is quite possibly the most convincing element in the entire story telling us that Beowulf is Christ-like Another example is that the narrator refers to Beowulf as The shelter of kinsmen p33 and this tells us that Beowulf was there protector just as Christ was These examples from the story help us understand Beowulfs characteristics through the eyes of other characters and the narrator Next what Beowulf actually does in the story how he acts and some of his personality traits will further explain why he is Christ-like Beowulf and Christ have similar personality traits The last couple lines of this folk epic tell it best the lines state
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