Essay on Beowulf And The Canterbury Tales

1069 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
In the Middle Ages, Christianity dominated the lives of the nobility and the peasants. The church became prosperous and very influential. King Alfred made a substantial contribution to Old English language and culture by overseeing the transcription of the only oral form of the epic poem Beowulf. In The Canterbury Tales, the author is Geoffrey Chaucer; he is considered the father of English literature. During the writing of Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales, there was religious instability. The author of Beowulf inserts the Christian God in the poem instead of having pagan gods; however, Chaucer uses satire in The Canterbury Tales to ridicule the corruption of Christian beliefs of their one God.
The religious theme is one thing that both Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales have in common. The authors of Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales were seeing the people around them experiencing religious revolutions. During the time, Beowulf was translated the Christians wanted to rid the area of pagan religion altogether. In the poem, Beowulf there is inconsistencies with religion, with the use of Christianity terms, during the period where Scandinavian people would have had pagan gods. The narrator compromises by referring to God in wide-ranging terms, adapting to the changing society of the Scandinavia people. There is no way to change the fact that Beowulf would have been in a pagan society raised with pagan beliefs. In Beowulf, there is only one reference from the Old Testament in…

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