What are the Christian elements in "Beowulf"?
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In addition to many examples of Beowulf giving thanks to God for his victories, there are also some specific biblical references. Grendel is said to be a descendent of Cain, Adam and Eve's son who murdered his brother, Abel. Some say the story written on the hilt of the giant's sword is a reference to Noah and the flood. Hrothgar's fatherly words of advice to Beowulf after his defeat of Grendel's mother is often compared to Christ's Sermon on the Mount. Also, the 13th warrior and the betrayal of Beowulf's thanes during his fight with the dragon is often seen to be similar to the last supper and betrayal by Judas before Christ's death. Beowulf's dive into the haunted mere is often compared to Christ's harrowing of hell.
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