The poem and Beowulf both show paganism and Christianity ideals and beliefs. In Beowulf there is fate, humility, fame, loyalty, and so much more that did not even get mentioned. Although the poem appears to be originally a pagan story, there are many clues in the text that point to Christian influence and traditions. In addition to Beowulf and his heroic deeds against Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the Dragon the author combines elements of Christian ideal and pagan ideal. The combination of Christian and pagan elements and references now shows Beowulf’s position in English history.
For countless years stories have involved a hero and a villain, the villain being the one who stops the piece and the hero who brings the piece back, the poem Beowulf is another story like this..Although the author is unknown it is for sure of Anglo-Saxon poetry and may have been written by a monk. The title “Beowulf” tells the reader right away what the story is going to be about, and who the hero is. The main characters of “Beowulf” are the hero Beowulf, the evil monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother She-wolf, Unferth which contrasts Beowulf, Hrothgar the King of the Danes, and Wiglaf the loyal ally. This story is about the greatest warrior in the world being called upon to save Danes and slay the monster who cannot be stopped yet, some don’t
Soraya Garcia Mrs. Capoldi English IV October 7, 2017 Good vs. Evil In many ways, Beowulf, as translated by Burton Raffel, the fight good versus evil is the poem's main and most significant focal point. This poem tells the conflict between a brave, loyal warrior and the monsters and demons from hell itself. The forces of good battle the forces of evil again and again, knowing that one day they’ll be defeated, but at least they will die fighting. The multiple battles fought between good and evil aren't very much about morals as it is about fate, or even reputation.
Toward the middle of the story, Satan acted almost as a political figure; he knew when and what to say to persuade other angels to follow him. Some reader suggests that Satan is the protagonist of the story because he struggled to combat his mistrusts and weaknesses. Nonetheless this goal was evil and Adam and Eve turned out to be the pure heroes at the end of the story while they help begin to fix humankind’s evil fate. There are several reasons why Milton focused so much Satan and gave him all the good lines. It is important to know the changes Satan progressed throughout the story.
Beowulf was written in the time when the society was in the process of converting from Paganism to Christianity. In this epic poem, these two religions come through the actions of its characters. The acceptance of feuds and the courage of war are just a few examples of the Pagan tradition, while the Christian mortalities refrain from the two. Beowulf is torn between his Christian heart to help the people as well as the selfish reward of Paganism. Though he wants the Christian’s respect he thrives for the satisfaction of fighting.
Satan could be described in many terms, and by many people, but all can be disputed. According to my sources, Satan is displayed as the hero, while God is the evil deity, and Milton was wrong for writing Him as so. In this essay, I will show my thoughts on the subject of Satan as an evil deity, and other’s opinions on the matter. Satan is thought of as the tragic hero in Book 1 and 2 of Paradise Lost because he is shunned by God for trying to overthrow Him, and being ambitious enough to think he could be God. Satan, in my opinion, is not as much an evil individual, but more juvenile, and ignorant.
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Throughout this paper the dictional similarities of the purposes of the authors of the Dream of the Rood and Beowulf will be compared and discussed. Both authors present their goals by using characteristics of the Norse Mythological Gods, to describe the heroes in both poems to lead their readers, the Anglo- Saxons, to convert to Christianity. There is a lot of historical context that is involved with this topic which describes the struggles in Britain in converting the people into Christianity. Anglo-Saxons that came into Britain were originally pagan which consisted of them worshipping gods of nature and trees and rocks. They would pray to these gods for materialistic things such as a good harvest or to win an upcoming battle.
This poem is a biblical story of Abraham and Isaac; therefore it contains a very biblical, tragic, and serious tone. As the poem progresses you begin to realize that the poem has a twist as it reveals the true dreadfulness of war however still has a reference to the bible story. The line “then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps” illustr... ... middle of paper ... ...wen juxtaposed the biblical language with military terminology demonstrates that though the poem appears to be set back in the times of the Old Testament it applies to the time of World War I as well. The isolation of the last two lines shows a departure from the biblical tone with the two negative “Buts” indicating the distinction and the deliberate reaction of: “But the old man would not so, but slew his son / And half the seed of Europe, one by one.” The “one by one” adds a pre-meditated deliberative motive behind the action. By juxtaposing the biblical language with war terminology Owen was able to convey the message that our leaders are selfish and do not have the love for us like Abraham had for his son.
The sense of devastation that pervades the poem is introduced in the second part, it is explicitly stated that “things fall apart”, and this is further emphasized by the words “anarchy”, “blood-dimmed tide”, “passionate intensity”. However, the poem itself, which is so far dealing in abstractions, lacks this passionate intensity. Its tone could be described as anxious. In conclusion, “The Second Coming” is about William Butler Yeats belief in Paganism. He vividly describes this religion and compares it to Christianity in his poem.