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In the story Beowulf the main character Beowulf is portrayed as a Christ-like figure The reader knows that Beowulf is Christ-like through his actions his personality and some symbolism 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 9 and it then goes on to tell of Beowulfs noble characteristics 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 assaults13 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 33 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 that the Geats Said he Beowulf was the kindest of worldly kings mildest most gentle40 as they grieved over his death Another trait that Christ and Beowulf share is their motivation and intentions Beowulf does good deeds for the good of others and because he does not like evil He did these things because he cared about his people In
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