Essay On Connotation Of Age In Beowulf

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Register to read the introduction… When young, he defeated Grendel with bare hands, when middle aged, he defeated Grendel’s Mother with the help of a weapon. We can see a correlation between Beowulf regarding aging and weakness. Through allusion and connotation, that correlation is further explored. When an allusion to Grendel is made, “I’d use no sword, no weapon, if this beast / Could be killed without it, crushed to death / Like Grendel, gripped in my hands and torn / Limb from limb.” (Beowulf 613-616), he is referring to his youth when he required no weapon to slay a monster. When Beowulf was middle aged, he almost died while trying to kill Grendel’s Mother with a sword. With allusion to these prior events throughout the epic poem, we can see a clear pattern of age connoting weakness. Because Beowulf is now old, he dies from being scorched to death by the dragon, even though he has a full suit of armor, a sword and shield. This further proves the connotation of age with weakness. Had Beowulf had the wisdom to leave the dragon alone instead of relying on his now waning physical strength and fate, he would have never been

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