Struggle Between Good and Evil
Beowulf is one of the oldest existing Anglo-Saxon epic poems in the English Literature and can be dated back to 700 A.D by an unknown poet. Many events in Beowulf are somewhat or directly related to the bible. One of the main surrounding themes of Beowulf is the struggle battle between good and evil. According to the poem, when looking at “good”, one and the only character that really represents this is the epic hero, Beowulf. On the other hand, “evil” refers to the “monsters” that Beowulf had fought. Thus, there are biblical evidences that are related to the theme of good and evil.
Hrothgar can be seen as a symbol of good in this epic. He is a mentor and a father figure to young Beowulf. He seeks protection for his people. “there was no laying blame on their lord, the noble Hrothgar; he was a good king” (861-862) This shows the goodness, and kindness quality of Hrothgar and that he will always be remember as a great king who wants the best for his people. Relating to the bible, Hrothgar can be seen as Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus. Although there is not much information about the relationship between Joseph and Jesus, it was told that Joseph trained Jesus as a carpenter. Joseph is a devout follower of the customs of his religion. Thus, there are evidences that link the two together. The young Beowulf traveled to Danes to help King Hrothgar defend his kingdom by defeating Grendel, a horrible demon who lives in the swamplands of Hrothgar’s kingdom. There are many debates on why Beowulf chooses to fight Grendel without armor and weapons. Some people interpreted Beowulf as over-confident and careless, however according to the bible, this can be related to Jesus. Jesus can heal people with his hands, thus Beowulf can end evil force with his hands. Consequently, this symbolizes a form of purity in both of the context. Once he defeats Grendel’s mother, the swamp is illuminated more thoroughly, “A light appeared and the place...
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