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Beowulf was written during the 18th century although no one knows when it was composed or by whom This poem gives us a view of a society changing from Paganism to Christianity Christianity and Paganism are known to have coexisted during the period that Beowulf was set to take place Christian influences were known in early folklore and heroic legends of dramatic tribes 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 writer The pagan elements in the poem are shown in the superhuman abilities of the charactors Beowulf is depicted as a superhero When fighting with Grendel Beowulf chooses not to use any weapons he relies only on his super strength During this fight Beowulfs strength overpowers Grendel and he is able to rip one of the monsters arms out of its socket Superhuman feats also show up 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 fight with Grendels mother 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 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 monsters thoughts were as quick as his greed or claws He slipped through the door and there in the silence snatched up thirty men smashed them unknowingly and ran out with their bodiespg
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