In the year 1000 A.D. a Christian monk wrote the epic poem Beowulf. Beowulf, which is similar to all epic poems, is about an Anglo Saxon hero who stands up for his people. In this piece of literature the author believes that Godâ€™s influence touches many realms of life. The realms of life that the author comes upon are goodness overcoming evil, creation of birth, and human behavior.
Godâ€™s influence of goodness overcoming evil is stated in The Coming of Beowulf. Beowulf declares, â€œGod must decide who will be given to deathâ€™s cold gripâ€. The interpretation of this statement is God will decide who will triumph in battle. Goodness being Beowulf or evil being the evil monster Grendel.
Creation of earth comes across the reader during The Coming of Grendel. The Christian monk describes the creation of earth as produced by the almighty God. As Grendel is living in the darkness, God is constructing the plains, oceans, sun, moon, and trees.
The influence of God on human behavior is acknowledged at the end of The Battle with Grendel. With the help of God, Beowulf is able to defeat Grendel. Finally the people of Herot celebrate the end of evil. They are grateful for the courage of Beowulf and also the strength of the almighty god.
The Cristian monk successfully established Godâ€™s influence on many realms of life. Through Godâ€™s influence Beowulf was able to defeat the evil Grendel. Through this portrayal of good versus evil the beginning of English literature was established.