Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Frederick Brooke, iLisa DAnnolfo Levey, icarlton davis, iRobert Campbell, iCheryl Carpinello, iGrant Dickinson, ialex canton-dutari, i

  Home > Action/Thriller > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Gustavo White

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· Blog
· 101 Titles
· 59 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Before 2003

Gustavo White, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

   Recent articles by
Gustavo White

The Chrysanthemums Précis
The Awakening footnote
The Choice to Conform
Sisyphus precis
Gender Equality in Collegiate Sports
           >> View all

Beowulf essay
By Gustavo White   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, June 06, 2004
Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan

This is an essay I wrote on Beowulf

Religion plays a labyrinthine role in Beowulf.  The two prominent types of traits in this epic poem are Christian and pagan.  Christian traits describe a person who follows one deity, one God.  Pagan traits describe a person who follows no one deity.  Christian traits include: wisdom, unselfishness, and the ability to kill to protect.  Pagan traits include: strength, courage, fortitude, and the belief in Fate.

Beowulf expresses the pagan trait of  strength, which is displayed in the battles he faces against the various monsters.  Beowulf wrestles Grendel with his bare hands, and tears his arm off.  Beowulf is a firm myrmidon of Fate.  Fate guides Beowulf's every move and every event.  Beowulf shows courage in the way he goes into battle unaware of what will become of him.  When Beowulf died against the dragon, he was cremated on a pyre along with some of his jewels.  This burial ceremony is characteristic of paganism.  Beowulf also demonstrates the Christian feature of  unselfishness.  Beowulf's unselfishness is  manifested when he leaves his homeland in order to help Hrothgar vanquish Grendel.  Beowulf also kills Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon in order to protect the Danes.

Hrothgar, king of the Danes, is very prudent in his reign.  He allows Beowulf to come onto his land to help him against Grendel, instead of forcing Beowulf off the land.  Hrothgar is also unselfish; he is very grateful to Beowulf for eliminating his heathen enemies.  Hrothgar is  a believer in Fate, he leaves every thing to be decided by a higher and stronger force. Hrothgar is a gentleman.  He welcomes Beowulf with open arms and gives him and his men a great feast.  Even though he is old, Hrothgar portrays great leadership in ruling his people. 

Grendel, although a monster, has traits of  his own.  He kills in order to protect; he goes into Herot, Hrothgar's palace, and kills the men who was sleeping there.  Grendel kills the men because they were having a festival, making numerous disturbances.  He also wanted to protect his well-being. Grendel  is revengeful; he kills the men because he wanted revenge for them ruining his peace.  While Grendel was "feasting", he shows great strength in devouring his enemies.  Grendel prowls along the floors of Herot, breaking the men's bones and ending their lives.  Grendel shows the pagan trait of having a water burial.  When he was struggling against Beowulf, Grendel ran away to the lake to die. 

Grendel's mother, also, has a water burial.  Beowulf fights Grendel's mother in a cavern near the lake, where he uses Unferth's sord, Hrunting.  Hrunting dissolved in the water, so Beowulf grabs a sword from a mantle and cuts Grendel's mother's head off.  Grendel's mother also kills to protect; she kills the men in Herot to protect her son.  Grendel's mother does for the good of others by killing the men in order to let her son heal. 

When Grendel was confronting Beowulf, he did not touch Hrothgar's throne because it was protected by God.  Grendel was created by the monsters of Cain, who was banished for Abel's death.  Grendel never knew God's love because of what happened to Cain.  Also, while the two were fightring, Beowulf was fighting with his bare hands, because Grendel bewitched the soldiers' weapons so that they would not hurt him.  Beowulf believed that Fate would guide his every move.  Religion is a vital subplot to the overall understanding of Beowulf.  

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Rigby's Roads by Michael Charles Messineo

This book is about life and death and overcoming personal struggles to discover the real you that is hidden inside. The story emphasizes waking up in life, working your list of 50 ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Masters of the Hunt by Hugh McCracken

Now fullly trained for grim medieval warfare and in their mid-teens the small bamd of once-reluctant time travellers journey back to 13th Century Scotland where age-old friends -- ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.