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            Beowulf clearly encompasses many Christian elements from characters to themes throughout the story. The will of God appear to be aligned if not the alias of fate. Beowulf, the character, is an attempt at adapting Jesus to the Anglo-Saxon cultural vision of a hero. Grendel is portrayed as the adaptation of the image of Satan and Cain. Unferth's role in the story is an example of a Christian allegory within the work. Many argue that the story has no real Christian connection because it fails to make references to the New Testament, however this may not reflect a lack of Christian connection but the relative youth of Christianity within Anglo-Saxon Culture. Thus Beowulf is undoubtedly filled with Christian elements. .
             "The functions of fate and God seem quite parallel," says Klaeber in his analysis of the text .This seems to be supported by the following passages from Beowulf; "Fate often saves the undoomed man." "So may an undoomed man who holds favor from the ruler easily come through his woes and misery." "Yet God is said to control fate." Klaeber goes on to use this quote to support his state. "if wise God and the man's courage had not forestalled that fate." This seems to show to a degree that God's will is that undoomed men who hold favor shall be saved by fate. This would parallel with fate "often" saving the "undoomed man", often is the key word, as it indicates that in those instances where the "undoomed man" man is not in "favor" with God, fate does not save. "Moreover, the fundamental contrast between the Good God and fate is shown by the fact that God invariably grants victory (even in the tragic dragon fight, 2874), whereas it is a mysterious, hidden spell that brings about Beowulf's death." Thus in the final analysis, "by the side of heathen fate is seen almighty God." .
             "In his role as a deliverer from the ravages of monsters he might as well be likened to ancient heroes like Hercules and Theseus.

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