The Anglo Saxon And Pagan Mythology And Christian Truths Essay

1325 Words Sep 30th, 2016 6 Pages
The Anglo-Saxon Era was one of transition from pagan beliefs to Christianity, which can be see interwoven in the literature of the period. By the time “Beowulf” was transcribed, pagan mythology and Christian truths were viewed as mutually exclusive ideals, but to many people these tales coexisted within their hearts and minds as is revealed by the story of “Beowulf” as the author transitions seamlessly between the two warring worldviews. The relationship of Christianity and pagan legends is complex and intertwined in literature; often, the pagan legends were recorded by Christian monks, who added hints of Christianity to the pagan tales. Looking back to the society and culture in history can provide valuable insights into today’s world and the current post-Christian society. Firstly, the theme of pride is a link to both the pagan and the Christian in the tale of “Beowulf”. Both viewpoints have influence in the way pride is portrayed in this story. Hrothgar warns vehemently against pride saying, “Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part, / eternal rewards. Do not give way to pride. / For a brief while your strength is in bloom / but it fades quickly” (1759-1762). This warning correlates with Christian teaching of pride as sin, as well as warnings from scripture that teach that man’s strength is only temporary. Later, at the end of Beowulf’s life when he is on the verge of his final battle, after he acknowledges his former battle prowess, the aged king states that “[He] shall…

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