Essay about Fate in the Epic Poem Beowulf

727 Words May 23rd, 2013 3 Pages
Emily Floyd
Mrs. Looper
English 4
3 March 2013
Beowulf Essay Fate, or Wyrd, is employed in an immense way in the epic Beowulf. Voluminous debates arise over the subject of the existence of free will. Some argue that people are slaves to fate, while others believe that people have decisive periods in life in which they can exercise free will. Wyrd corresponds impeccably throughout Beowulf’s potpourri of battles. His idiosyncrasies transmute during the various stages in the epic, modifying his destiny alongside him. As he matures, he becomes sager and less audacious. This influences him to formulate more enlightened selections when it comes to factors of his well-being. Beowulf was destined to combat Grendel despite not commencing
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When he arrived at the lowermost section of the lake, the water witch gained the upper hand in battle, as she was not only cleverer than her son, but also that she fought with a cause. Beowulf’s sword, Hrunting, was also detrimental to his cause, as it could not inflict a wound on the repugnant creature. Wyrd would not consent to the hero perishing, and bestowed him an opportunity that would resuscitate his lifespan. An ancient sword lies in the lair, and utilizes it eliminate the she demon, and decapitate Grendel. The sword’s blade dissipates, but the bejeweled hilt endures, and is the only treasure Beowulf ferries to King Hrothgar, and after doing so he returns to his homeland to rule for fifty years.
A thief pilfers from a dragon and the mighty beast in its wrath, razes the country, and Beowulf, an ancient being by now, is predetermined to fight his last crusade. He exercises free will by agreeing to commence battle with the dragon and addresses the people of his country and says his farewell and chooses the most distinguished warriors to accompany him. When the party encounters the dragon, they all flee, save for Wiglaf, his most loyal disciple. When Beowulf’s wound in his neck proves to be mortal, he sets Wiglaf off in search of the treasure and orders him to convey it to him as a final request. When he returns, Beowulf gives him everything, including governance of the kingdom

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