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Beowulf-Christianity or Paganism Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 8th century This provides us with an idea that the poem that was written during a time when the society was in the process of converted from paganism to Christianity The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of German tribes and we try to look at whether or not Christian and biblical influences were added later to originally pagan poem or not 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 personifications 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 its 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 This superhero strength 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 wounded himself he still manages to deliver the final blow that kills the dragon Grendel is also seen as a superhuman monster Grendel has no knowledge of weapons so he too depends on his extraordinary strength to destroy his enemies The dragon is
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