The Main Themes of Beowulf

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Good and Evil- The entire poem of Beowulf deals with the battle of good verses evil, good being Beowulf, his followers, Hrothgar, and Hrothgar's people, and evil being Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. In this poem the power of good overcomes all the evils, but not without the lose of life. These lives include that of Beowulf, Aeschere, and many of Hrothgar's people. The clashing of good and evil forces was the main method of creating interest and suspense in the poem. The fact that good always overcame evil shows that despite all the perils on the earth good will always prevail. God and Fate- In the poem Beowulf there are many references to God despite the fact that the people, at the time the poem was composed, were of pagan belief. A few of these references include when Beowulf's spirit departs and when Beowulf says that God must decide who dies, referring to himself or Grendel. The later of these two examples also deals with fate, a general belief in the time that the poem was developed. Another example of fate is when Beowulf says "Fate will unwind as it must!" In the day of Beowulf people believed that the future could not be prevented or changed. They believed that the outcome was not effected by the present. That is the reason that Beowulf faced Grendel without a weapon. He believed, that if his destiny was to die in the battle against Grendel, a sword would not protect him. On the other hand he trusted, that if his was to defeat Grendel, a sword would not help him. This belief of feat contradicts our modern beliefs. Presently God and fate can not coexist since God allows us to live or life freely. In other words we right the scripts in our lives, with complete control, this can not allow for fate to play a part. Life and Death- Beowulf, the hero of the poem Beowulf, was often faced with life or death situations. Beowulf made many choices in the poem
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