Is Beowulf a Christian poem, and Beowulf himself a Christian hero?

ENG 205-OLA: Essay 1Select one of the topics below to discuss in a well-developed, coherent, and thoughtful essay of at least four to five (4-5) pages, 750-1,000 words minimum; essays must be in Word or compatible format (.doc, docx, or .rtf, not .pdf or .pages) in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, with a Works Cited page (Works Cited page does not count toward the page requirement), and grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, spelling, and documentation, and will be evaluated according to the Model for Evaluation of Student Writing.Your essay must be on one of the assigned topics or developed in consultation with the instructor. (You must obtain prior approval to write on topics other than those listed below. Approval must be obtained at least one full week in advance of the announced due date.) Essays must be uploaded to the appropriate Assignments folder and to by the due date. Late work will not be accepted.Note: These are essays for an upper-level college course. As such, you must use a minimum of three authoritativesources, including at least one primary source (the text or texts discussed) and at least two reputable critical or scholarly secondary sources to support your claims or assertions. Secondary sources must be scholarly criticism or analysis, not summaries, reviews, or “analysis” from sites such as e-Notes, SparkNotes, Wikipedia, 123HelpMe, Chegg, Course Hero, or Instead, use the library resources, including the available electronic databases at to locate appropriate sources, such as Academic Search Complete, Gale Literature and Literature Resource Center, Bloom’s Literature, or Gale Literature Criticism, for example. Essays mustcontain quotations from or other references to your sources, and these references should be integrated into your writing smoothly and correctly and properly documented (utilizing MLA format for documentation).Be sure to focus carefully on the topic: formulate a strong, objectively worded thesis, and avoid plot summary. Remember that these are formal essays: they must have an appropriate, original title; contain an introduction, body, and conclusion; have a clear, explicit, assertive, objectively worded thesis statement (underlined); and avoid use of “I” or “you” throughout.Please communicate any concerns or questions to me before the essays are due; I will be available to meet virtually with students who need assistance or additional instruction. Please e-mail me to set up an appointment.Topics:1. Old English poetry (such as “The Dream of the Rood”) often seems to conflate Christian and non-Christian elements. Analyze how Christian elements are combined with pre-Christian (so-called “pagan”) heroic elements in Beowulf. Is Beowulf a Christian poem, and Beowulf himself a Christian hero? Or have they been “Christianized”?2. Utilizing at least one work from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) period (for example, “The Dream of the Rood,” “The Battle of Maldon,” or Beowulf) and at least one from the Medieval period (see Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, Layamon, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, especially the General Prologue, The Knight’s Tale, and The Wife of Bath’s Tale), explore how the concept of the hero changes over time. What is the Old English heroic ideal, versus the Middle English heroic ideal?3. It has often been said of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that “the teller fits the tale.” Select any one of the pilgrims in the Tales and explore how the tale he or she relates is suited to his or her character, as depicted in theGeneral Prologue.4. Contrast one of the works discussed in the first half of the semester (Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or one or more of The Canterbury Tales) with a modern revision of that work; for example, Beowulf and Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead or John Gardner’s Grendel. How does the modern revision alter or adapt the original text, and to what end? That is, not only how do the two differ, but why?