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The influence of Religion and the Concept of Fate In The Iliad and Beowulf The concept of fate and religion are abundant throughout both The Iliad and Beowulf Although Christianity is not clearly mentioned in either of the two poems Christian ideals are often used Sacrifice evil respect for higher powers and respect for the dead are all issues that the two poems deal with and hold in high regard In the Iliad superiority of higher powers is often a focus of the mortals Agamemnon a Greek war hero Sacrificed a fat bull of five years and prayed to the gods for success in the war against the Trojans It can easily be assumed that if the sacrifice had not been made that the Greeks would not have done as well as they did in the war Furthermore while Agamemnon was praying the Achian soldiers Prayed to be spared from death in the maul of war The idea of prayer to a higher power in order to seek glory and to avoid or prolong the fate that comes with fighting in a war death is constantly being practiced It is clear they the fate of war is thought to be death because The god of war is impartial he hands out death to the man who hands out death Book 18 page 293 An example of a time where the gods were not honored was when the Greeks went to burry their dead without proper sacrifice to the gods Poseidon complained to his bother Zeus and tried to create problems for the Greeks Although there is no immediate consequence Poseidon is upset with the Greeks and begins to think of trying to help the Trojans One last example of relying on higher powers before battle had begun was when in chapter eighteen Achilles the son of Thetis wants to go and kill Hector He has been told that he will
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