Comparing Beowulf, An Epic Poem, By Unknown And Translated By Seamus Heaney

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Beowulf, an epic poem, written by unknown and translated by Seamus Heaney, is an artifact of the Anglo-Saxon era because it is a piece of literature that was documented once. During the time it was written, writing was not common. The poem reveals a lot of the Anglo-Saxon practices and beliefs, but it also is compared to Christianity because was written down by a christian monk. Different religious values are emphasized throughout the poem, in which Pagan values are included. Throughout Beowulf we see that the pagan people value the heroes just as Christians value God. Pagans focused more on power and fame. “Behavior that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere” (24-25). The quote conveys the fact that power is of great importance everywhere. In conjunction with, pagans believe that fate has already been determined and can not been amended.
Beowulf was a Anglo-Saxon story that was orally passed down. During this time period the people were illiterate, so it wasn’t until about two hundred years after when the Christian monks came and wrote down the poem. The Christian monks were the only ones that knew how to write because the only education going on was in the church. Therefore, when the Christian monks wrote the poem down, they added some Christians beliefs into the composition. We see a large amount of christian allusions throughout the epic. “The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of the Heavens and High King of the World, was…

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