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SparkNotes: Beowulf: Study Questions & Essay Topics
By Emily Birkett,
Natasha Boor The Death of Grendel's
Mother Poet believed to be of Christian faith, evidence: religious language, referring back to God.
Scandinavia - conversion, 'battle Jesus'
Possible before lacked religious input, performed for Pagan audiences originally
Extract of Beowulf fights Grendel's mother: religious imagery used throughout; descendents of Cain "he had dwelt...among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemed" -
Beowulf likened to Jesus- sent by God
Beowulf given supernatural powers, dives beneath water
God saves Beowulf in the fight Language in Beowulf Grendel's Mother is described as:
Living under water "the water is infested with all kinds of reptiles"
An inhuman character "Swamp thing from hell" & "Tarn hag"
She is animal like "savage talons"
She is masculine and strong "her grim embrace"
Comparison with Grendel's Mother and other women in the poem.
Beowulf: Archived Book Discussion
Further exemplified by the powerfully stated "most often He has guided the man without friends" (1.5), there is a sense of mystical protection permeating all of Beowulf's actions.