Essay On Fame And Glory In Beowulf

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From a religion that consists of concepts that say, you must not be proud or arrogant and that life on earth is not the only thing you live for, to a concept that states, fame and glory are all that matter in your lifetime, the ancient monks who wrote down Beowulf, created an epic poem of Paganism and Christianity, which can be seen throughout its characters. Beowulf is faced with challenges that earn him his fame and glory in the entirety of the poem which creates a type of heroism because of his eventual humbleness of it all. Being humble is created throughout the story, the fame and glory he receives is long lasting and can be seen from the beginning of the fight with Grendel all the way to the eventual end of the Fire Dragon. Even with …show more content…
Having a humble approach on things in Christianity, is all based on the age and experience someone has had throughout his/her life. Beowulf has showed this concept throughout the poem that bears his name when he is negligently confident when fighting Grendel. He sees himself as indestructible in a way, he arrogantly says he does not need to “hide behind some broad linden shield” or seek help from any of the fellow warriors sent to help. Even though those warriors were beneficial to the success, Beowulf is to proud to accept any form of help. As a result of this, Grendel's “shoulder snapped, muscle and …show more content…
Even though Beowulf had gotten more glory in one fight then most would get in an entire lifetime, he always fought and when, “The battle was over, Beowulf had been granted new glory.” With every victory he had gotten more hope from those around him that he was meant to get that praise. Although sometimes he “fought with fate against him, with glory denied him”, he managed to always come out on top whether he had put himself at risk or not. For this, Beowulf had intrusted his fate into, despite the pagan’s religious views, God and his ability to make what is suppose to happen, happen. Although this generally pushes the idea of the Pagan religious out of the way for christianity, it shows that not only is Beowulf living for his glory, He's living for God's glory. The people of his land thought of him as their lord so, “that was their way, and the heathens only hope, hell always in their hearts, knowing neither god nor his passing as he walks through our world, the lord of heaven and earth, their ears could not hear his praise nor his glory”, so although they did not live for him, he did. Even though Beowulf had started off with the glory for just him, he ended up transferring the glory he got from those around him to his

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