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Beowulf Essay In the epic poem, Beowulf, many examples show the Anglo-Saxon way of life and can be compared easily. Their attitudes, religious beliefs, and values also reflect the way they lived. Beowulf, the epic hero of the poem boasted all the time and only cared about fame and being recognized. Religion played a big part in their lives throughout their history of being converted to Christianity. Most of the characters in Beowulf did not like the way Beowulf Boasted all the time, “You’re Beowulf, are you-the same Boastful fool who fought a swimming Match with Bracca…”(239-241). Another example of Beowulf boasting is where he says, “That I, alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall”(165). The attitudes of the Anglo-Saxons and those of Beowulf show the way of thinking they had. The Anglo-Saxon way of life had religion and had the Christian religion easily brought upon them. When Beowulf arrived he spoke before the fight with Grendel. He spoke of him knowing that he could die in battle, “God must decide who will be given to deaths cold grip”(175). So this represents how the Anglo-Saxons eventually recognized a real god and knew the power he held. Beowulf knowing that a God existed made a prayer before his fight with Grendel, “Grant me, then, Lord and protector of this noble place, A single request…”(160-163). Religion is very significant in the epic poem and as well as it was with the Anglo-Saxons. This is because they have had so many intruders onto their land who had converted them many times and finally Christianity was brought upon them which made them more civilized, scholarly, and literate. The Anglo-Saxons had many values (fame), but most importantly it would be treasure and the amount of wealth one possessed. Beowulf practically committed his life to it, “I sold my life for this treasure, and I sold it well”(807). This seems ridiculous, but to them it was somethi...

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