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The epic poem of Beowulf blends aspects of the pagan world - such as the belief in fate and the importance of being remembered - with aspect from the Christian world The author writes about the values of the pagan world while at the same time portraying Christian morality through his characters The epic of Beowulf reflects both the Christian world and the pagan world Much like the more familiar stories of King Arthur Beowulf depicts a world in which Christianity and paganism merge The mark of Cain should be familiar to anyone that has any knowledge of Judaism Islam or Christianity This Christian symbol is an important one in the epic of Beowulf Not only does the fact of Grendel having the mark of Cain symbolize that he is inherently evil because of his family line but it also shows Beowulfs devotion to the Christian God Beowulf knows that he cannot kill Grendel because the Christian God said that if anyone kills a man with this mark he shall be avenged sevenfold In the epic of Beowulf Beowulf makes many references to his fate Fate by definition is a pagan belief There is no belief in fate in the Christian religion yet fate seems to play an important role in the morality and values of Beowulf For instance Beowulf said that he could serve God because of his fate because it was his belief that he was fated to be a servant of God Beowulf made such references to fate as Fate must decide It is obvious through the statement Fate has swept away the courageous princes who were my kinsmen and I must follow them that the belief in fate also effected the action of
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