Fatalism In Beowulf's Epic Hero Journey

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Fatalism is a significant theme in the poem, and is present even in the commencement of Beowulf’s epic hero journey. His first trial is his battle against the demon, Grendel. However, the outcome has already been decided, as seen when he and his men are preparing for the fight and, “They knew too well the way it was before,/ how often the Danes had fallen prey/ to death in the mead-hall. But the Lord was weaving/ a victory on His war-loom for the Weather-Geats/…they would crush their enemy and come through/ in triumph and gladness” (Beowulf 694-700). After arriving to Heorot Hall, Beowulf must face Grendel, the first trial of his hero cycle. He relies on his God-given strength to defeat the demon. In Anglo-Saxon culture, both power and strength

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