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Anglo-Saxon culture is greatly reflected in the literature of that time The main Anglo-Saxon works were Beowulf and The Seafarer These writings were passed down by the scops A scop is an Old English historian or poet who is responsible for passing stories such as these down from generation to generation Scops would either tell stories or sing them By singing them it allowed the stories to be more easily remembered There were three predominant cultural values in Anglo-Saxon Literature These values were Christian versus Pagan beliefs violence and gore and boasting Christian versus Pagan religion was one of the biggest cultural values expressed in Anglo-Saxon Literature People of this time were either Christian or Pagan in their religion Christians believed in one God and in Heaven Pagans believed in many gods and in fate which meant everything in life was predetermined and nobody had control over it Many examples of this religious conflict can be found in both Beowulf and The Seafarer In Beowulf Grendel was bearing Gods hatred 286 but then at the same time fate that night intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper 309 In The Seafarer the speaker says But there isnt a manso graced by God that he feels no fear as the sails unfurl wondering what Fate has willed and will do 39 These examples show how both religions were incorporated into the literature and sometimes gets confusing This probably angered readers whose religion was not used in a story while the other was After thinking about it authors may have incorporated both together in the same story to attract readers of both religions If only one was used then only one religion of people would read it I wonder if this is what would really have happened Violence and gore played a big part in the literature during the Anglo-Saxon age According to the dictionary violence is physical force or activity used
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