Fate's Control Of The Characters 'Actions In Beowulf'

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In Beowulf, fate controls the actions of the characters and decides the winner of a battle. When Beowulf fights the dragon, fate is against him for the first time, so he dies. Throughout the epic, Beowulf is confident when he engages in battle because he knows that fate has a plan for him, and he cannot change that plan. With the knowledge that fate wants him to survive, Beowulf becomes a fearless fighter. Before his battle with Grendel, Beowulf declares that he does not fear his enemy, for “...fate will unwind as it must” (line 189). Beowulf is the strongest warrior of his era, but he knows that he won’t win a battle unless fate is on his side. Fate treated him well in previous battles, so Beowulf agrees to fight Grendel. He is unafraid because

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