Research paper notecards- Beowulf

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I. \”Wrath of Grendel\” Grendel is seen as a descendent from the character Cain from the Bible. Paraphrase (Bloom 10)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Hrothgar knew Beowulf’s father. So, he said that Beowulf has a great amount of strength. Hrothgar says that God sent Beowulf to defeat Grendel. Summary (Bloom 11)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” The religion that the characters show seem to be monotheism even though the characters have an appeal to the gods. Paraphrase (Bloom 11)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Beowulf says that he will fight Grendel with his hands to make it even. Beowulf talking about his death is a sign of fate. Summary (Bloom 11)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Beowulf tells Hrothgar that if Grendel wins the fight, Hrothgar should take his \”war-shirt\” to Hygelac for worship. By Beowulf saying that if he dies his \”war-shirt\” should be kept shows that he wants worship, which is a sign of fate. Summary (Bloom 11)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Beowulf says that he will put his trust God. He says that God will determine the outcome of the battle. Summary (Cain 6)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Beowulf is shown as a symbol of Christianity when Cain states that, \”Beowulf is the instrument of God in cleansing Herot of the devilish Grendel.\” By Cain saying this, he is saying that Beowulf was sent down by God in order to get rid of the evil in Herot. Direct Quote (Cain 6)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” Beowulf is seen as a Christ-like figure who saves the Danes and his own people. Paraphrase (Cain 8)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” Beowulf says that he uses his sword with God’s help to behead monsters. This shows his trust in God. Summary (Goldsmith 2)
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III. \”Battle with Grendel\” Before Beowulf fought Grendel, he \”was careful to give the credit to God, and to include his companions in his first account of his exploit.\” This means that Beowulf put his full trust in God and knew that God will be there to protect him. Direct Quote (Goldsmith 3)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” When Beowulf’s sword Hrunting does not work when he is fighting Grendel, he decides to put his full strength and trust in God. In the end Beowulf gets through it with the help of God and Beowulf ends up victorious. Summary (Goldsmith 6)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” When Beowulf defeats Grendel’s mother as well as Grendel, he brings both Grendel’s head and the giant sword as his trophies. This was a symbol of paganism because it was a sign of worship. Paraphrase (Goldsmith 6)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” When Grendel dies, Beowulf is seen, \”like a Christian knight, or even like Christ himself.\” This shows the Christianity included in the poem. Direct Quote (Goldsmith 1)
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I. \”Wrath of Grendel\” Cain killed his brother Abel, showing that he was evil. This is related to Grendel because it is showing that like Cain, Grendel too is against God. Paraphrase (Bloom 10)
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I. \”Wrath of Grendel\” Grendel is shown as an evil monster when Bloom says, \”All malevolent monsters are Cain’s descendants; like Cain, they strive against God but ultimately vain.\” This quote means that all evil are from Cain and strive to go against God’s ways. Direct Quote (Bloom 10)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” In the quote, \”Beowulf’s particular glory, soon to be engrafted onto that of the Danes, is that he alone can cleanse Herot\” is saying that Beowulf alone can save Herot. By saying this and by depending on Beowulf, the people are not putting any trust in God therefore depending on fate. Direct Quote (Schrader 3)
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IV. \”Battle with Grendel’s Mother\” The sword that Beowulf uses to fight in battle ends up not working for him. By Beowulf depending on the glory from the sword, he should instead be depending on God. This shows a role of fate. Paraphrase (Schrader 3)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” The talk about Grendel eventually gets to Beowulf. Beowulf then sees this as an opportunity to help Herot and in return get honor from the people. This shows paganism because Beowulf wants the people to worship him. Paraphrase (Bloom 10)
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II. \”The Coming of Beowulf\” Beowulf accepts death, and he says that he will trust in God. This shows how he has faith in God. Paraphrase (Bloom 11)
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I. \”Wrath of Grendel\” There was Danish idol-worship in Herot. Worshipping objects was a form of paganism. Paraphrase (Bloom 59)

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