Religion In Beowulf

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Beowulf, a poem based around Christian and pagan beliefs. It follows a steadfast and heroic man, that has set out on a mission to defeat the monster known as Grendel. And although Beowulf is a very distinguised character, many other characters within the poem are guiding totems. Those within the poem that shine a light on Beowulf as a character and reflect the culturial practices are Wiglaf, Hrothgar and Grendel. Wiglaf, the braviest and the loyalist within the poem. He serves as a reminder of those that followed the comitatus code or heroic code. He shows his dedication and loyalty towards Beowulf, when nobody else dared. And I have to say, out of all the characters, Wiglaf brings out the best in Beowulf. Never once did he disobey an order…show more content…
He is the perfect reminder of the cultural practices of the Anglo-Saxons and their view on kings. Kings within this period expected much out of their warriors. They were to be loyal and show bravery in the name of their king. It was a highly praised upon devotion that was rewarded heavily by the king. This heavily relates back to Hrothgar, who in the poem, after Grendel's defeat rewards Beowulf. Which, Hrothgar was a bit of a good influence on Beowulf. He encouraged and guided the dutiful warriors, of which Beowulf was. During the Anglo-Saxon rule, kings were almost looked upon as though they were descendents of God. The people tended to turn to the king for most solutions, which after Grendels intitial attacks, Hrothgar is at a loss on what to do. But, after the defeat of Grendel, the people still give praise to their king, "... though no one denied the grace Hrothgar: that was a good king." (Beowulf, lines 766-767) This shows an undeniable loyalty to the king and is great example of how kings were 'almost' put on a pedastal. Grendel, the main opposing force within the first part of the poem. He is a vile and horrrible creature that brings out the worst in Beowulf. A descendant from Cain, he preys upon those within the king's mead hall. Grendel serves as a reflection of pagan beliefs, because unlike Christianity, fictional monsters were more accepted in pagan literature. And unlike, Hrothgar and Wiglaf, he brings out the

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