...Whichever one death fells must deem it a just judgment by God" (Beowulf 41). Here Beowulf gives the outcome to God. As mentioned earlier, Grendel met his fate the night Beowulf was waiting for him. This clearly is contradicting since both dogmas are used to describe the same occurrence. In the fight against Grendel's mother "Almighty God would ... turn the tide of his misfortunes" (Beowulf 61).
The Medieval epic poem Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, typifies Anglo-Saxon values such as oral-storytelling, heroic behavior, and loyalty. Several examples of the value of storytelling are apparent in Beowulf.. Storytelling in the mead halls is the primary form news. After Beowulf’s victory over Grendel, a minstrel starts “rehearsing Beowulf’s triumphs and feats” in a poetic manner (Heaney 59). Through story-telling, the men and women of Anglo-Saxon society are able to spread stories, and then the stories will travel all across the land and to the people. Stories told in Beowulf introduce new heroes, such as the titular character himself, and their accomplishments, which in turn become history.
Before the incident even takes place, we know that the gods have destined Orestes to avenge his father’s death. During this period of time, when the gods were on your side, you were doing the right thing! Another way to prove Orestes innocence is through the god of sun, song, and prophecy, better known as Apollo. Early on in “The Libation Bearers'; Orestes puts his faith in Apollo. He declares: “Apollo will never fail me, no, his... ... middle of paper ... ...it brings Orestes home.
Beowulf and the dragon die together, and with his last words Beowulf requests a burial within a giant tumulus so his grave can guide sailors from the sea. Beowulf also crowns Wiglaf, who will bring years of prosperity to the Geats. Although having patriastic elements, Beowulf is predominately a pagan, as evidence with one of the closing lines that “twelve chieftains, all sons of princes, rode round the barrow lamenting their loss, speaking of their king, reciting an elegy, and acclaiming the hero” (101). The story of Beowulf teaches much about the ancient Anglo-Saxon times and pagan beliefs; not only is it a masterful piece of literature, but a manuscript that we can appreciate both in its historical and literary sense forever.
I believe that throughout the ages, Beowulf has been altered by each generation it touches. I will provide evidence that the Anglo-Saxon orators, the Christian monk recorders, and the modern-day translators have all contributed to both the conservation and change of Beowulf. Beowulf began as an oral story passed on by scops, wandering poets of the Anglo-Saxon period who recited the accounts of the great Geat warrior from memory. This allowed for subtle or strong changes by each orator as he formed his ideal and unique Beowulf. One example of possible change can be found in the lines, He had been poorly regarded for a long time, was taken by the Geats for less than he was worth .
When the people visit the king, they praise him by the "Eulogies." After being prised, the king gives them gold if he is amazed and satisfied by their poems. This picture of loyalty designated for a long time, and the people who praised the king were called: "Poets of Laureate." Besides this king of poetry, "Elegies" for the dead create men, brave worries, were produced. "War Poems" were produced to encourage the people to join the king in wars to fight, so we have the Epic "Beowulf" which at was, at the beginning, a ballad based on a story of a brave man who saved the king's treasure.
When Beowulf hears of Hrothgar’s sufferings, he immediately decides to aid the king by traveling to Herot and killing Grendel. One prominent factor that encourages Beowulf’s journey is the pagan belief that “the omens were good, and they urged the adventure on” (3 118-119). Beowulf wants to achieve success, glory, and fame ... ... middle of paper ... ...his battle since he is fatally wounded. With his dying breath, Beowulf tells Wiglaf that “’I sold my life for this treasure, and I sold it well’” (16 806-807). Beowulf wants a grand tomb built for himself and tells Wiglaf that “’when the funeral flames have burned me, build the tomb here, at the water’s edge, high on this spit of land, so sailors can see this tower, and remember my name, and call it Beowulf’s tower, and boats in the darkness and mist, crossing the sea, will know it’” (16 811-816).
Satan: The True Hero of Paradise Lost by Milton The identity of the true protagonist in Paradise Lost is a mystery. One would gather that Milton, a Puritan, would have no problem casting God as the hero, and Satan as the antagonist. However, looking back in history, Milton saw that most epic heroes had conflicts that prevented them from accomplishing their goals. God and his Son have no conflict, and Adam’s story does not really begin until the Fall of Man. Therefore, Milton was forced to select Satan as the hero of Paradise Lost because he adheres to the guidelines of epic poetry set by Homer, Virgil and others.
Christianity makes an appearance when it references the antagonist, Grendel, “a fiend out of hell” (43 Simpson & David) and the protagonist, Beowulf, whom the “Holy God, in His goodness, guided…to the West-Danes, to defend [Hrothgar and his subjects] from Grendel” (49 Simpson & David). Christianity was a prominent influence for authors of the Anglo-Saxon time period. The Christians had faith in God’s ability to determine their fate. If they lost a contest then God has decided they are not worthy of winning. Every day they will try to prove they are holy enough to have God’s grace and be saved from eternal damnation.
”(Gilgamesh tablet 1). It is not until later in the story that the narrator informs the readers of Gilgamesh’s unfair treatment to his people. The narrator of Beowulf story uses a complete different approach to introduce the story and the hero. Beowulf’s narrator introduce the poem by describing the founding of the scylding dynasty, he describes the history of the Danes, the building of heorot, Grendel’s attacks and then he introduces Beowulf in lines 190. The narrator by introducing Beowulf later in the story shows respect to Horthgar and the previous king as he spent all the introduction of them poem just focusing on them.