Beowulf

Length: 2 Pages 610 Words

In Beowulf, both pagan and Christian elements are present which add religious contrast to the poem. The poem begins with the king, Hrothgar, taking the throne of the Danes. During his reign, one of Hrothgars’ accomplishments included the building of the great Mead hall which served as a place of relaxation for his troops. Years passed and an evil monster came and terrorized the Hall. Then the great warrior, Beowulf, a foreigner offered to help rid the town of the monster. In the end, good triumphed over evil as he defeated the monster and returned the city to it’s people. Present in this poem are certain forms of evil. The greatest of these is the descendent of Cain’s evil against his brother Abel. After Cain killed Abel God punished him by exiling him from the kingdom of God. From Cain’s soul came evil monsters, one in particular, Grendel. He was a demon; a fiend who haunted the Continue...


This punishment and evil went on for twelve years. Grendel, amused by the sound of drunkenness coming from the hall, kills all who reside there. Without the effects of both the reader would only see one side instead of both aspects, both good and evil. One major important clash was when the townspeople gave up on Christianity and went back to paganism to get rid of the monster. The effects of having both Christian elements and pagan elements in this epic poem were important to the structure of the poem. In this instance the mead hall would symbolize safeness and good harmony. This is saying that God will defeat any evil that stands in his path. moors, the wild marshes and made his home in "hell (actually earth). The use of good and evil throughout the poem relates to what the people of the poem think and feels about the situation they were in. King Hrothgar finished a great mead hall for his warriors to relax and reside in when away from war. The mead hall's gargantuan size symbolizes the people's desire to be closer to God. Throughout the poem good clashes with evil. Death is not the last part of life. It's reason for construction, so the people could reach the heavens.