Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh
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...Beowulf's time with an explanation for good and evil and an afterlife for the souls of those who followed God. As later generations attempted to incorporate their Christian beliefs, the text "abounds with inserted narratives" (Breizmann 1030). When Grendel terrorizes the mead hall, the explanation is that, "He was spawned in that slime,/Conceived by a pair of those monsters born/ Of Cain" ( 104-106). This Christian theme reappears several times in the epic, and when Beowulf is dying, he says, "I can die, here,/ Knowing the Lord of all life has never/Watched me wash my sword in blood/Born of my own family" (274-43). . Because... Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh As epics of the oral tradition, neither...