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FATE Explain the line Fate will unwind as it mustin Beowulf The line Fate will unwind as it must 284 not only shows that the people believed they had no control of their destiny but it is also relevant that Paganism was a significant part of their every day life There are many illustrations throughout the poem Beowulf that portray the importance of fate to the people Often the word fate was used as a way of showing the outcome of what has already come about Fate was a way of saying that the peoples destiny was already chosen that they had no control but everything would turn out as it should For example But fate that night intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper 309-310 This is a way of foreshadowing the fate or destiny or Grendels life During the Last Battle Beowulf replies I mean to stand not run from his shooting flames stand till fate decides which of us wins 637-639 He acted as though everything that he has gone through so far in his life was in the hands of fate and would continue to be until his time was over Whatever came out of this battle was meant to be and there was nothing that was going to change it Fate is related to the Pagan religion Paganism was the religion that was most often used during the time of Beowulf It is referred to every time fate is mentioned because they didnt believe in one God and thought that fate had control over them Fate was also used as saying the outcome of something that had already come about For example on line 46 Hrothgar mourns over the fate of his companions Hrothgar their lord sat joyless in Herot a mighty prince mourning the fate of his lost friends and companions Here it is used as a way of saying their lives
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