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Society of a Different Time Many works of Literature represent people and their society of that era Beowulf A History of the English Church and People and Seafarer does this by representing Anglo-Saxon people and their society One quality in this era that seems to be respected by society is fearing God and showing respect for him In Beowulf Grendel shows respect to God Though he lived In Herot when the night hid him He never Dared to touch King Hrothgars glorious Throne protected by God -God15 This shows his respect for GodIn Beowulf they mention A History of the English Church and People Caedmon also shows his respect for God And Caedmon immediately began to sing verses in praise of God33 He could have sang the praises of anything but instead he decided to sing about god The Seafarer shows fear of God The line Death leaps at the fool who forget their God 38 represents this Another quality of this era is respecting those who do great things or have great skills In Beowulf Beowulf kills the troublesome Grendel In one line the author says And sometimes a proud old soldier Who had heard songs of the ancient heroes and could sing them all through story after story Would weave a net of words for Beowulfs victory26 This shows how poets respected Beowulf for his victory against Grendel In A History of the English Church and People Caedmon is respected for composing religious and devotional songs In one line the author talks about how people loved his singing by saying These verses of his have stirred the heart of many folks to despise the world and aspire to heavenly things33 In the Seafarer the Seafarer is respected by an islander and he wishes he could be like him The last quality of this era that is respected is glory and happiness In Beowulf everything is great for a while
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