Beowulf’s Pagan and Christian Elements Flashcard Example #55411

Heathen with no belief in a personal god
Custom of worshipping a multiplicity of gods (often in the form of sacrifice)
Belief that Fate (Wyrd) controlled their lives
Superstitious belief in monsters, dragons, magic
Pessimistic tone—earth-bound perspective (a hero, though would resign himself to his doom without bitterness)
Belief that fame was the only guarantee of immortality
Belief in one personal god
Belief in a rewarding afterlife
Pious custom of giving thanks to God for help in battles against evil
Optimistic outlook centered around a hero who devotes himself to overpowering evil against the personification of evil

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