Role Of Fate In Beowulf

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The Anglo-Saxon society viewed fate as a must. “Fate always goes as it must.” as said in this quote from the poem. The role that fate played through out this poem is crucial. Considering how fate determines the climax in Beowulf. Which is the fight scene. When Grendel and Beowulf battle, fate indicates that Beowulf isn't foolish because he realizes that Grendel might defeat him but, that decision is left in the hands of fate. Beowulf is based off of Anglo-Saxon Paganism and Christianity. The belief that everything is in the hands of fate (Wyrd). Breeding fierce warriors who fight boldly because their belief is that their destine time to die is out of their control. However, the belief that God is in control and everything is in God's hands plays a huge part in this poem as well.

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He knew what they had tholed, the long times and troubles they'd come through without a leader; so the Lord of Life, the glorious Almighty, made this man renowned."

This quote describes how God played a large role in the success of Beowulf. Assuming that all acts of heroism proven successful are really acts of God. Thus, leaving you thinking success must be a form of divine assistance, in the hands of God. The poem takes on both beliefs of Paganism and Christianity. That there's indeed a higher power in one's life regardless of which belief you

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