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In books one of the most important things of the book is the main character However just as important is the foil the foil is a contrast on another main character In Beowulf the foils serve the great purpose of bringing to light even more aspects of the main character There are many characters who do this to the main character Beowulf One of the main foils in the story is a warrior named Unferth Unferth is a warrior for King Hrothgar Unferths main purpose is to bring out the more heroic and polite parts of Beowulf Unferth would constantly challenge Beowulf Unferth son of Ecglafs spoke contrary words Beowulfs coming his sea-braving made him sick with envy 35 after this Beowulf would go on to disprove all of Unferths accusations This shows that Unferth was made to say something childish for the purpose of Beowulf disproving him and thus making Beowulf more honest and heroic However there are even more characteristics that are brought out by other foils The King of the Danes Hrothgar was another character who brought out some major characteristics in Beowulf Hrothgar brought out the strength and reliability in Beowulf Hrothgar relied on him to kill Grendel Never since my hand could hold a shield have I entrusted or given control of the Danes hall to anyone but you Ward and guard it for it is the greatest of houses 45 This shows that Hrothgar recognizes that he needs Beowulfs help In return Beowulf talks about how brave and strong he is This is because he was given the opportunity to boast about how wonderful he is due to what Hrothgar had just done These seem to be all the traits that a wondrous main character would need however there are a few more that one last foil brings out This foil goes by the name of Wiglaf Wiglaf is a warrior under the rule of Beowulf Wiglaf goes
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