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SparkNotes: Beowulf: Study Questions & Essay Topics

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Essay about Beowulf, Christianity, and Paganism -- Beowulf

Alternatively, one might make a division of the text into two parts, examining youth and old age as the two distinctive phases of Beowulf&rsquo s life. Along these lines, the gap of fifty years between the first two conflicts and the last marks the dividing line. One of the main thematic points highlighted by such a division is the difference in responsibilities of the warrior and of the king. As a warrior, Beowulf is free to travel afar to protect others, but as an old king, he must commit himself to guard his own people. Additionally, whereas Beowulf focuses on the heroic life early on, seeking to make a name for himself, he must focus on fate and the maintenance of his reputation late in life.

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Beowulf is a mighty warrior from the land of the Geats.  He has heard of the terrible monster, Grendel, and leaves his homeland to help Hrothgar, the lord of the Danes. He is courageous, bold and stronger than any of Hrothgar’s warriors.

The theme of good versus evil is first introduced when the narrator reveals that Grendel is descended from Cain—the first murderer recorded in the Old Testament, responsible for killing his brother, Abel. Exiled by God, Cain and all forms of evil creatures that he spawns (including Grendel) are punished and forced to live outside the presence of God.

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