Beowulf inferences about anglo saxon beliefs

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Beowulf inferences about anglo saxon beliefs

  1. 1. InferencesaboutAnglo-SaxonBeliefs
  2. 2. Beliefs about Evil• Lines 28-29• Grendel and His Ancestors – “A brood forever opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated”
  3. 3. Beliefs about God• Lines 81-85• Grendel – “never dared to touch king Hrothgar’s glorious Throne, protected by God – God , whose love Grendel could not know”
  4. 4. Beliefs towards Honor• Line s 264-269• Beowulf declares the will fight Grendel with his bare hands – because the monster uses no weapons – because “My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to”
  5. 5. Beliefs about Future• Beowulf does not approach his encounter with Grendel feeling certain he will win or lose. – Asserts • “God must decide who will be given to death’s cold grip” • “Fate will unwind as it must!”

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