Themes And Symbols Of Beowulf Essay

704 Words Feb 26th, 2016 3 Pages
During the Early English period, writings mainly consisted of poems. One of the many poems written in the Early English period was entitled Beowulf. Beowulf has plenty of themes and symbols that can be discussed throughout the poem. For example, some of the major themes that are included in Beowulf are the concept of identity and good versus evil. One reflection that stands out is the storyteller’s attitude toward material wealth. The storyteller’s attitude toward material wealth is a reflection of Christ’s teachings in the book of Matthew. In Beowulf material things seem to be important to both the Geats and the Danes. The Danish mead-hall is reflective of decadence and holds a collection of extraordinary goblets. The mead-hall is built, “To be a wonder of the world forever: and there he would dispense his God-given goods to young and old, but not the common land or people lives” (70-73). Not only do the Danes like to display their wealth, but they do not distribute any to the common people. This goes against the teachings of Christ. Christ states, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (The Holy Bible: English Standard Version Matt. 6. 1-4). Jesus is saying that people should not perform actions just to impress people. King Hrothgar built this bizarre mead-hall to show not only how much wealth he has, but to also show how much power he has over other…

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