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Beowulf was written in England sometime during the 8th century This provides the reader with an idea that the poem was written during a time when society was in the process of being converted from paganism to Christianity The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of German tribes The reader attempts to look at whether or not Christian and biblical influences were later added to the original pagan poem or weather they already existed The fact that Christianity and paganism are so closely intertwined in the poem is the reason Beowulf has both Christian and pagan influences The pagan elements in the epic poem Beowulf are evident in the characters superhuman strengths Beowulf is depicted as a superhero Beowulf takes it upon himself to save the Danes from Grendel In his battle with Grendel Beowulf chooses not to use weapons he relies on his super strength During the fight Beowulfs strength takes over and Beowulf wrestles with Grendel until he is able to rip one of the monsters arms out of the socket Superhuman feats also appear in the fight with Grendels mother When Beowulf enters the water he swims without the use of oxygen downward for an entire day before he sees the bottom During the battle with Grendels mother Beowulf realizes that Unferths sword is useless against the monsters thick skin He grabs an enormous sword made by giants almost too heavy to hold and slashes through the monsters body Lawson-2 The superhero strength that Beowulf has continues into the battle with the dragon By this time Beowulf is an old man He decides that he must avenge his people and fight the dragon Although Beowulf is fatally
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