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Beowulf is one of the first piece of writings knows to humankind In this piece of literature the author is unknown and has evolved throughout time by the influence others Beowulf is known to be influenced by outside sources the main one being Christianity Many orators back then were most likely ministers trying to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity because of this there is mention of God and the Heavens along with Satan and Hell throughout the story Elements such as loyalty faith and courage are other chief themes within Beowulf which proves the Christian influence There are numerous elements of Christianity woven into this ancient poem The poem portrays two characters one as evil and one Christ-like conceived by a pair of those monsters born of Cain Beowulf Lines 20-21 these monsters Grendel and his mother are spawns of Cain which is a reference to the Old Testament The monsters lair is to represent hell It is described to be a bottomless pit which is what hell is The monsters represent the evil that will be defeated a common theme within Christianity the triumph of good over evil The good is represented by the warrior Beowulf Mazzeno np Beowulf is a warrior that is selfless puts the kingdom of Herot before him and is presented as a peacemaker These qualities are those of Christ In this epic poem the element of Christianity is shown by giving the hero Christ-like qualities Christ was described to be the person whom would bring the Israelites to freedom while Beowulf is to rid Herot of the evil monsters Mazzeno np Beowulf claims that he sailed all the way to Herot so he May purge all evil from this hall Beowulf lines 166 Beowulf accomplished his task by eliminating the hall of evil by defeating both Grendel and Grendels mother Like Christ Beowulf is aware of his mission to take the responsibility for and act with
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