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  • Christian Elements In Beowulf By Seamus Heaney

    Between the year 800 to 1,000, Beowulf was written when Angelo-Saxon’s were in their early conversion to Christianity. It was during this syncretism, that the elements of paganism and Christianity became intertwined, as people tried to rectify their pagan beliefs with Christian beliefs. However, in Seamus Heaney’s translated version of Beowulf, the Christian and pagan elements show how religion is used by people to respond to various life scenarios. Clearly, Christianity was gaining more…

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  • Analysis Of The Divina Commedia, By Dante Alighieri

    In the Paganism theology, there is not necessary a “correct”, one and only moral choice as each pagan god represents different values and one may take on multiple sides. However, there are only two choices in Christianity in contrast, Good (God) and Evil (Satan)…

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  • The Role Of Syncretism In Early Christianity

    Syncretism is an attempt to bring together beliefs from different schools of thought. Almost every religion has some form of syncretism. Christianity for instance, was focused on the Judaic thought and there were numerous practices that were picked up which were clearly not part of early Christianity. For instance while celebrating Christmas, the tree, and feasts are all Pagan rituals that were incorporated into Christianity as a means to convert the non – Christians (Maroney, 2006). Another…

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  • Christianity In Beowulf

    Beowulf comprises of a Christian superimposition, Viking values, and a hero. In the beginning, it was simply told by bards who had committed the story to memory. It used kennings, caesuras and alliteration to continue the poem. Throughout the story, there are multiple indications that allude to the ideology of Christians. An individual can come to consensus with the fact that a Christian figure transcribed the work, but intelligibly embodies norse principles. Beowulf is a composition that…

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  • Beowulf: The Anglo-Saxon Culture Changed By Burton Raffel

    Anglo-Saxon culture considers heroes vital with the warrior prevailing. Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel, verifies the Anglo-Saxon culture with Beowulf vanquishing the monsters, including Grendel. Beowulf comes to the Danes to help defeat Grendel, the giant monster killing men while they slept. As a warrior, Beowulf enjoys the thrills of fighting and being known by the community as their hero. Although Beowulf succeeds in overpowering Grendel, the true victory to him includes being seen as a…

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  • Beowulf And The Grapes Of Wrath Analysis

    Along with Christian beliefs, Beowulf and The Grapes of Wrath seem to incorporate Christ figures or representations of God. First, in Beowulf, Robert Stevick has a different viewpoint with Beowulf following along with Christianity. In his article, “Christian Elements and the Genesis of ‘Beowulf,’” Stevick said “Beowulf does have some Christian virtues and fights against monsters that could double as Christian symbols of evil, but he hardly seems to be a Christ-figure, a pre-Christian thane of…

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  • Harold C. Zimmerman's Comparing Conquests

    Harold C. Zimmerman’s “Comparing Conquests: The Life of St. Birinus and the Norman Invasion of England,” written for Studies in Philology, is an analysis of the Norman Invasion of 1066 from the perspective of the Anglo-Saxons. The point of comparison here is the attempted conversion of West Saxons to Christianity by the Roman missionary Birinus. Although by most definitions that does not sound like a “conquest,” it was considered by the Anglo-Saxon author of the record for these events to be one…

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  • Allusions In Beowulf

    The famous Roman fabulist, Phaedrus says, “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden”(Phaedrus). Phaedrus’ observation distinguishes the common misconception about the truth derived from religious passages in Beowulf. The epic poem appears to be a Christian poem because of numerous allusions to the Christian God and The Bible. However, careful observation and analysis of the religious passages…

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  • The Basis Of Christianity In Beowulf

    Beowulf is an epic poem that has the values of christianity in its main plot. The basis of Christianity roots were instilled into this epic poem, the beliefs were altered to fit the story’s format; Beowulf has been told for hundreds of years.“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different” (T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood). Although the writer of the epic poem Beowulf is unknown, we do know…

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  • War On Christmas Valerie Tarico Summary

    In Valerie Tarico’s article, “Christianity’s own ‘War on Christmas,’” she states that Christianity takes part in a practice called “syncretism.” Syncretism is when local traditions and religions are absorbed into Christianity. In fact, Tarico claims that Pagan temples became churches, indigenous gods became saints and pagan festival days were turned into Christian holy days. To further this idea of syncretism, Tarico goes on to say that the earliest documentation of Christmas comes from the…

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