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BEOWULF AS A CHRIST-LIKE FIGURE The epic poem Beowulf recounts the tale of a man named Beowulf who sacrifices his own safety to save the Danes from two evil dragons Then years later Beowulf risks his life yet again to save his own people from a dragon Throughout the story Beowulf is presented as a Christ-like figure This is manifested in the events that take place the way that Beowulf speaks about himself and the way the people treat him The first way Beowulfs likeness to Christ is revealed is through the events that take place After Beowulf tells Hrothgar that he will fight Grendel there is a celebration During the celebration Welthow the queen raised a flowing cup 615 and poured a portion from the jeweled cup For each 621-622 When she got to Beowulf she thanked God for answering her prayers 625 This event is strikingly similar to the Last Supper when Jesus passed around a cup of wine and gave thanks to God Then the crucifixion is portrayed when Beowulf fights Grendels mother During the stuggle other monsters come to watch and beat at His mail shirt stabbing with tusks and teeth As they followed along 1510-1511 Similarly when Jesus was crucified crowds drew near laughing at him hurling insults and spitting on him Finally Beowulf is said to have Gone to a glorious death 3037 and his soul Left his flesh flew to glory 2820 This is similar to the resurrection of Jesus All of these events clearly parallel the events of Jesus day What Beowulf says also shows his similarity to Christ Beowulf says I already knew that all My purpose was this to win the good will Of your people 633-635 Jesus also knew that it was his mission to come down to earth to save his people from their sins Later Beowulf says No
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