Dragons are fierce beasts that breathe fire and have fiery blood and will stop at nothing to get their meal. They are legendary reptilian monsters similar in form to the crocodile and usually represented as having wings, and huge claws. "Christianity inherited the Hebraic conception of the dragon which is the perception of death in evil"(Microsoft Encarta). The Christians thought of dragons as a symbol of sin. It is often represented as crushed under the feet of saints and martyrs, symbolizing the triumph of Christianity over paganism. They have also appeared in many stories in older English literature. In Beowulf it is extremely relevant because it is a dragon who causes our hero to fall to his death.
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