English 4 Honors
September 2, 2013
The Beowulf Poet was most likely written by a Christian monk or influenced. There are three examples of the Christian philosophy shown in this poem: you can survive with the protection of God, all gifts are driven from God, and the proper attitude of man is to be humble and unselfish. The author also mentions God frequently in the epic. He also gives many allusions to the bible within the epic Beowulf. The three examples stated earlier in the paragraph shows why it can be considered to be written by a Christian monk or influenced.
During the story, Beowulf frequently mentions God is his protector. During his battle with Grendel’s mother he says” The fight would have ended straightway if God had not guarded me” (1.4). With this being said Beowulf thinks God was watching over him while he was battling Grendel’s mother, and if God wasn’t watching over him, Beowulf believes he would have lost the battle. Beowulf also brings this reference up again stating” most often He has guided the man without friends.” (1.5) This reference also shows how Beowulf says God is his protector. This is one example why Beowulf would be considered to be written by a Christian monk.
All gifts are driven from God is an important aspect shown in the story Beowulf also. “But the wielder of Men granted me that I should see hanging on the wall a fair, ancient great-sword.” (1.5) When Beowulf was about to battle Grendal’s mother in the cave he notices a weapon hanging on the wall to use against her. Instead of taking full credit of seeing the weapon, he gives all the credit to God. He possesses power over all things. At times He lets the thought of a man of high lineage move in delight.”(1.5) With that being said that quote means any success that a man enjoys is achieved only through the grace of God.
During the story, Hrothgar tells Beowulf success given by God must be used the proper way and not selfish. He is one...
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