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Beowulf- Various relationships

Man has always speculated about an entity greater then himself to explain his own existence and in someway to form a relationship with this entity to gain a better understanding of himself. Man views his relationship with god in a variety of ways. What god means to one man and what he means to another can be two distinct things. Since each man has his own view of the almighty ruler, he may nourish his relationship with God and himself accordingly. Throughout the poem of Beowulf it can be observed that the various characters view their relationship with god in many ways. Through the following examples and quotes from the story the various relationships with God will be discovered from the characters, Beowulf, Grendel, and Hrothgar. The relationship that Beowulf feels he shared with God is one of great esteem and worship. Through the following examples and quotes this will be evident. “We have gone through with a glorious endeavor and been much favored in this fight we dared against the unknown.” Beowulf is referring to God when he says that they had been much favored in this fight. Beowulf feels that he is in the good graces of God because his life was spared. Furthermore, another example that shows this can be seen in the following. “Like a man outlawed for wickedness, he must await the mighty judgment of God in majesty.” This statement made shows that Beowulf believes that God will punish Grendel for the wrongs that he has committed, and Beowulf takes satisfaction in this. In addition the following statement shows more evidence of how Beowulf feels God loves him. “I barely survived the battle under water. It was hard-fought, a desperate affair that could have gone badly; if God had not helped me the outcome would have been quick and fatal.” This statement shows that Beowulf truly believes that God’s intervention helped him defeat the evil of Grendel’s mother and without the help he would have died. The following exam...

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