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onathan Brokaw Jasmine 1000 12-10-01 Final Christian Influence The story of Beowulf is full of religious references and symbolism but is it truly a Christian story According to the narrative Beowulf is an instrument of God an instrument of righteousness called by God to perform His will for the Danes In stark contrast to his good is the enemy Grendel the incarnation of pure evil These two characters appear to represent the forces of good versus the forces of evil It would be easy enough to leave the story that way but it appears that Beowulf is written intentionally to make the main characters appear more important by adding Biblical references to the narrative By creating characters of a Biblical stature the story as a whole has an added importance This gruesome creature was called Grendel notorious prowler of the borderland ranger of the moors the fen and the fastness this cursed creature lived in a monsters lair for a time after the Creator had condemned him as one of the seed of Cain the Everlasting Lord avenged Abels murder Cain had no satisfaction from that feud but the Creator sent him into exile far from mankind because of his crime He could no longer approach the throne of grace that precious place in Gods presence nor did he feel Gods love 102-113 Grendel is likened to Cain in this passage but he seems to show characteristics of the devil as well He is called a prowler This seems to point to the New Testament scripture in 1 Peter 58 where it says Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour This characteristic can be seen through the narrative as well When the warriors slept this wicked creature would come and murder them without any remorse It may be that at one point Grendel
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