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Beowulf is the cornerstone of the medieval literature evolution It is known as the basis for following epic stories of heroism valor and conflicts between man and himself Beowulf was never actually written therefore it does not have a credited author It is said that this poem was passed through time by an oral poetic method This simply means by word of mouth Beowulf was finally placed into its actual poetic form by and unknown poet The poem was performed for many years by what is called a scop This person or scop would perform Beowulf by singing or chanting in front of a live audience There has been much controversy between scholars of weather or not Beowulf should be thought of as a pagan story or as a Christian allegory Another trying factor in this poem is the idea of comitatus and its influence on the development of feudalism This essay will discuss these two factors along with the tragedy of the fight scene between Beowulf and the dragon Many scholars see that Beowulf as a pagan story in the tradition of the Germanic heroic epic emphasizing the virtues of the comitatus Others see the poems spirit to be altruistic and believe it may have been intended as a Christian allegory I believe that Beowulf was written more as a Christian allegory Many elements of Christianity are found throughout the poem Beowulf makes reference to God as his protector After his fight with Grendels mother he states The fight would have ended straightaway if God had not guarded me I felt a sense through Beowulfs heroism that this protection over him by God was earned through his courage and pride Besides the idea of God as a protector I also see him as being portrayed as ruler over all Hrothgar tells Beowulf that the status of king is achieved through God when he states he turned away from the joys of men alone
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