The Beowulf story has its roots in a pagan Saxon past, but by the time the epic was written down, almost all Anglo-Saxons had converted to Christianity. As a result, the Beowulf poet is at pains to resolve his Christian beliefs with the often quite un-Christian behavior of his characters. This tension leads to frequent asides about God, hell, and heaven—and to many allusions to the Old Testament throughout the work. In the end, however, the conflict proves simply irresolvable. Beowulf doesn’t lead a particularly good life by Christian standards, but the poet cannot help but revere him. Though some of Beowulf’s values—such as his dedication to his people and his willingness to dole out treasure—conceivably overlap with Christian values, he ultimately lives for the preservation of earthly glory after death, not for entrance into heaven. Though his death in the encounter with the dragon clearly proves his mortality (and perhaps moral fallibility), the poem itself stands as a testament to the raw greatness of his life, ensuring his ascension into the secular heaven of warrior legend.
In 1792, while visiting friends in France, Wollstonecraft met Captain Gilbert Imlay, an American timber merchant and adventurer. Taken by him, she soon became pregnant. They named their daughter Fanny, after Mary’s best friend. While nursing her firstborn, Wollstonecraft wrote a conservative critique of the French Revolution in An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution . She also wrote a deeply personal travel narrative, Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark , which became her most popular book in the 1790s. After their travels to Scandinavia, Imlay left her.
The title of your essay may not seem like the most pressing or difficult part of the process, but the reality is that the name of the essay carries far greater effects and consequences than most people recognize. The title is essentially the hook; it should somehow explain or indicate the nature or subject of your paper while simultaneously drawing the audience in, and this is a tough balance to strike. Most students end up just hastily titling their paper either before or after their done without giving it much thought, but the title of your essay is probably the most important few words in the whole paper.