Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Epic of Beowulf - Christian Morals in Beowulf :: Epic Beowulf christbeo
Christian ethical motive in Beowulf           Beowulf is an epic tale that has been changed over time to try and stub out a christian moral. While this transformation over time has added a new variable to the plot, it is still impossible to try and erase the buffer hedonist plot completely. It has become evident 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 similarly evident that the original trading floor dealt with the concept of a higher existence or beings.         The overriding christian view has many facets and deals with them all as a new way of proposing christianity into the theme of the story. The reason that Grendel becomes outraged is that the dress up in the mead hall is singing a song that has to do with creation. This shows Grendels homely disregard for God and he proceeds to go to the hall and begin me n and eat them while they are asleep. As we progress into the story, we correspond that Grendel carries the curse of Cain with him. He bore the curse of the seed of Cain/ Whereby God penalize the grievous guilt of Abels murder. Cain was the son of Adam and Eve and was the one who slay Abel, his brother, out of a jealous rage for Gods favor to Abel. This shows us that Grendel had much than just a dislike for the men, the song was showing Grendel that his ancestor was looked upon as the bad person and was therefore the underlying concept for Grendels rage. This was the constant admonisher 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 monster 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 at last is the cause of his downfall. While this seems to be a major part of the story line, it can be removed and the story will only slip the background 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.