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Beowulfs Fate or Free Will Lori MixonIn the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel fate plays a major role in the characters lives Characters allow fate to influence them and how they go about doing things But is it really fate or peoples tendencies to do what they chose too Fate saves the living when they drive death away by themselvesPg 9 Is fate what brought Beowulf to prevail over Grendal The monster would have murdered again and again had not God and the heros courage turned fate asidePg56 Beowulf was not supposed to win but out of his own free will he prevailed and saves the Geats and many helpless people Although when Beowulf went against Grendal he relied on God for all the help and he killed the monster as God had meant for him to do Beowulf does not allow fate to influence him If fate is not on his side he makes it on his side Beowulf is an example of using both fate and free will to live out his life He looks toward and thanks fate for everything but yet if he doesnt agree with fate he looks toward his free will If he wants something bad enough he will prevail and get what he wants Fate sent him to the Dragon and sent him to death pg 98Everything that Beowulf gains is according to him by fate The gifts that higlac gave me and the land I earned with my sword as fate allowed pg100 He is ready to trust his life in fate When he faces Grendals mother he says Id use no sword no weapon if this beast could be killed without it crushed to death like Grendal gripped in my hands and torn limb from limb But his breath will be burning hot poison
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