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Beowulf Essay

  • Submitted by: ilovelindsaylo
  • on February 20, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,605 words

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Through out the poem Beowulf, the mortality of all men is addressed and constantly referred to   and seems to hang like a cloud over the characters of the epic. The narrator constantly reminds the audience of the inevitability of death, and how no one can escape its grasp, not even those who seem to be super-human like Beowulf. As the hero figure of this epic, Beowulf is portrayed to have in-human qualities, and appears to be immortal and thus immune to all harm or danger. However, the final battle in the text reveals that Beowulf is in fact mortal, and death comes to him as it comes to every mortal being, good or evil. While the reader may perceive Beowulf to be invincible, and at times the hero himself is extremely cocky and exaggerates his strength and skill, even Beowulf himself knows that he will die eventually, and accepts his mortality and thus his inevitable death. This acceptance and complacency with mortality allows Beowulf to go into battle with such resilience and absence of reservations, to the point where he can comfortably face monsters and demons without the fear of death or defeat. As Beowulf views the situation, fate decides who will win a battle and who will die or suffer and the hands of the conqueror, and so if fate itself decides that Beowulf or any 'good' man will die in battle and the enemy or monster shall win, or even vice-versa, then so be it. Fate cannot be changed, and so many characters in Beowulf choose to embrace the fact that they will all eventually die, instead of fighting it. Thus, warriors such as Beowulf are able to do battle without any fear or reservations, and over a lifetime, their resilience and determination is well-rewarded with success in battles and respect from leaders, as is displayed in the telling of Beowulf’s life and accomplishments.
The author of Beowulf aims to portray Beowulf as the ultimate hero, to induce a sense of support and rallying behind Beowulf as he goes into battle. In the reader’s perception,...

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