Friday, February 8, 2019
Epic of Beowulf - Christian Morals in Beowulf :: Epic Beowulf christbeo
Christian Morals in Beowulf           Beowulf is an epic tale that has been changed over time to try and express a christian moral. While this transformation over time has added a sunrise(prenominal) variable to the plot, it is still impossible to try and erase the original pleasure seeker plot completely. It has become unmistakable that the original epic was pagan and had no mention of the biblical references or the christian morality that it contains now. However, it is also evident that the original story dealt with the concept of a higher(prenominal) being or beings.         The overriding christian view has umteen facets and deals with them all as a new way of proposing christianity into the theme of the story. The reason that Grendel becomes asideraged is that the bard in the mead hall is singing a song that has to do with creation. This shows Grendels apparent neglectfulness for God and he proceeds to go to the hall and capture men and eat them while they are asleep. As we progress into the story, we learn that Grendel carries the mephistophelian of Cain with him. He bore the curse of the seed of Cain/ Whereby God punished the arduous guilt of Abels murder. Cain was the son of Adam and Eve and was the one who murdered Abel, his brother, out of a jealous rage for Gods favor to Abel. This shows us that Grendel had more than respectable a dislike for the men, the song was showing Grendel that his ancestor was looked upon as the handsome person and was therefore the underlying concept for Grendels rage. This was the constant reminder to Grendel of his evil past and thus his reasoning for his actions. We learn to see Grendel as a less than human being, but in actuality, he is a heller who has a degree of humanity in him and that is the reason that he is so hard for Beowulf to kill. He has the human emotion of pride which ultimately is the pretend of his downfall. While this seem s to be a major part of the story line, it shtup be removed and the story will only lose the play down of Grendels evil side. This could have been where the real story of Grendel originally was.         As with many of the classic medieval stories there is a sense of a higher being and fate is a major factor in Beowulf.