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Beowulf-Christianity or Paganism Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 18th century This provides us with an idea of a poem that was written during a time when the society had converted from paganism to ChristianityCohen 138 We know that paganism did exist alongside Christianity during the approximate era that Beowulf was composedHall 61 The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of dramatic tribes early Beowulf scholars began to investigate whether or not Christian and biblical influences were added later to originally pagan influencesHall 61 The Christian elements are almost without exception so deeply ingrained in the fabric of the poem that they cannot be explained away as the work of a reviser or later interpolatorKlaeber 2 The fact that the two values are so closely intertwined in the poem I believe that 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 downward for an entire day before he sees the bottom He does this without the use of oxygen 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 stands up to the dragon and wounds him
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