Beowulf written down when Anglo-Saxon were Christianized, but they were still holding on to their pagan beliefs and the traditions were still dominant in their lives. It comprises of numerous pagan concepts and themes but then still has many Christian references. Beowulf and other characters demonstrate fame as the ability to perform heroic tasks have prowess. Beowulf states than a man’s best memorial is when he becomes famous before death. Beowulf shows his will to achieve fame when he says he has to complete a heroic act or die trying to achieve it. Fame, a pagan perception, is achieved through conflict, but the author settles it using Christian references.
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Fate is another pagan concept, is related to death or greatness. With reference to those who slumbered in Heorot the night after Grendel’s death. Protection Wealth and success, earthly good, is gotten from God “…if God had not helped me, the outcome would have been…” (1657). Beowulf gives God credit as he’s about to battle Grendel’s mother and sees a powerful weapon suspended on the wall. Beowulf and other characters demonstrate fame as the ability to perform heroic tasks have prowess. Beowulf states than a man’s best memorial is when he becomes famous before death.
Heaney, Seamus. Beowulf – A New Verse Translation. 1st ed. London: W. W. Norton & Company. Web. 25 Oct. 2014.