Comparing Beowulf to Anglo Saxon Essay

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embedded values within the Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon communities through their fundamental belief systems. In particular, it seeks to uncover the underlying similarities as also the divergence apparent in the cultures by addressing the implication of embracing the Christian religion to the Anglo-Saxon successors who followed the traditional belief in Norse gods by the Germanic ethnic group and the culture of a heroic fighter that are still living under extremely risky circumstances. This paper uses the epic 'Beowulf' to highlight the correspondence between the two cultures.

The writer of this poem was unenlightened, Anglo-Saxon and of the Christian faith. He used the character of Beowulf to talk about the factors regarding culture and Christ, which still affect us. The writer strives to bring out the similarities between Christ and Beowulf through concerted effort: From Beowulf's simple "baptism," his assumed demise at a time the poet called "ninth hour," followed by his "resurrection," to the time when he battles a dragon, where he is accompanied by his twelve friends, and is betrayed by one while the rest abandon him. There is only one, however, who does not abandon him; Wiglaf. The obvious reference is to John, Christ's dearly loved disciple (Williams, 2007).

Beowulf: The Poem

The principles of good leadership by the Anglo-Saxon are also found in today's political process in America. There is a part in the poem that points out the method for being politically productive. It talks about a certain good prince, "by giving splendid gifts while still in his father's house makes sure that later in life beloved companions will stand by him that the people will serve him when war comes" (Bobr, n.d.). Most people prefer to elect those candidates who appear to give them the greatest tangible returns, like a needed or sought legislation or reduction of tax. In addition, people in support of a certain candidate hope to be rewarded with favours in case they win, the same way bribes and gifts are used as a way of maintaining trust and loyalty. The notion of smear campaigning was entrenched firmly in the culture of the Anglo-Saxon. This is evident where Unferth resorts to disambulation of the facts regarding the competition between Breca and Beowulf: "for he would not allow that any other man of middle-earth should ever achieve more glory under the heavens than himself"(Bobr, n.d.)

The poet possibly seeks to imply that Beowulf can represent Christ-like people in the modern world. The theme appears quite strange, but it is realistic when you compare all the Anglo-Saxon heroes with Beowulf. Modern-day readers do not understand this idea well, since we have no exposure to the outdated culture of warriors. Beowulf is unique; he does not murder his own, or because of selfishness or drunkenness. His only aim as a warrior is to protect the blameless and frail. He makes a Battle Boast, where he hits a radically foreign note. Instead of bragging that it is his own superiority and prowess that will save the day, Beowulf says, "I will fight Grendel, and may the true God…

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