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Beowulf is an intensely violent and gruesome story While this is an exceptionally graphic book the author did not intend this to be a purely entertainment book he wrote it as a didactic piece of literature containing a moral message Throughout the book the author creates symbolism between his fictional characters and Biblical characters and between his fictional events and Biblical events Beowulf is a Christian didactic novel and therefore should be taught and discussed in all Christian schools Firstly Beowulfs anonymous author centralized the hero in his story setting it apart from the majority of todays anti-hero stories Many of the protagonists in modern books and movies do not resemble a hero Instead of setting a high standard for people the modern anti-hero rather makes that reader or viewer feel comfortable right where they are Beowulf on the other hand was no doubt heroic in everything he did He is portrayed as a perfect role model that is unrealistic for any man to match He calls people up to a higher standard for courage leadership strength and integrity Beowulf is full of symbolism Beowulf in most scenes symbolizes Jesus Christ as he triumphs over the evil creatures such as Grendel Grendels mother the dragon and some of the other sea creatures he told about from his past Not one of Beowulfs followers could deal any harm to Grendel in his attack on the town The blades of this world cannot pierce his skin Only Beowulf had the strength to tear off Grendels arm Then Grendel retreated missing one arm and the side of his torso Jesus did the same thing when He cast Lucifer out of heaven and his days are numbered Beowulf is symbolic of Jesus and Grendel is symbolic of Satan mortally wounded by Jesus Then Beowulf dove down deep under water to finish off Grendel and stop his enraged mother After he had finished off both Grendel and his mother he
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