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A Christians Take on a Worldly Tale Beowulf a worldly folk tale is surprisingly full of Christian values traditions and symbolic references This book was written by a priest who loved history of all kinds especially Anglo-Saxon Of course being a priest he naturally tied in his religious beliefs The folk story emphasizes the virtues of loyalty courage and faith in the face of extreme dangers and even death These teachings are compatible with Christian teachings Self-sacrificing for the sake of others alludes to the Christians Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and how He came to earth to suffer and die in order to save us from our sins Similar moral values are evident throughout this book and the Christians Bible The first virtue I would like to bring out is the importance of loyalty in Beowulf The greatest demonstration of loyalty in the story is when Wiglaf doesnt flee Beowulfs side in the face of the dragon While the rest of Beowulfs companions crept to the wood protected there In only one of them the heart surged with sorrows He was called Wiglaf 57 Without Wiglaf Beowulf couldnt have defeated the dragon and would have most certainly died There also seems to be a consistent minor theme of loyalty to king and country I saw this especially when Beowulf returns home and first humbles himself before his ruler There is a distinct attitude change in Beowulf when he speaks to his king like when he says On your kindnesses all still depends 51 This quote shows that Beowulf still gives all power and authority to the king even though he probably could have taken both He also remains loyal to his country by risking his life to protect and serve them in any way and by never killing or turning against his own kinsmen He even loved them all enough to die for them This same value is taught in the Bible where Christ
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