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As one nears the end of Beowulf it becomes clear that Beowulfs real enemy is not some monster lurking in the murky waters of the sea nor a vengeful mother wanting to defend her murderous sons death and especially not some fire breathing dragon waiting in the dark shadows of a cave Many persons or things seem to be causes of Beowulfs death However if we were to closely examine the entirety of the legend Beowulfs descent into death begins shortly after his defeat of Grendel Beowulfs real enemy seems to exist within himself as two obsessions to be the best man of his time and to be absolutely loyal to his lord and his people Beowulfs only vice was his greatest virtue the virtue of loyalty There is a web drawn around Beowulf a web that connects his greatest virtues and personality traits to his being loyalty charisma strength and ambition All great characteristics of Beowulf but the one trait that is most evident is Beowulfs striving to be the best Beowulf often boasts about his great accomplishments before going into war or a duel reminding everyone of all that he had done so to put their fears of failure at rest Now all that remains of those duels is the memory of his arms raised high in the air all his followers chanting his name Beowulf enters many battles and wars on the negative side and always are the battles exited victorious In the last battle that the mighty Beowulf enters we see his enemy for all he is The lord of Geats unburdened his breast and broke out in a storm of anger Lines 2550-2552 In this section we see Beowulf demonstrating such anger that the patriarch of the Geats the one man that has lived through so many battles could not enter this one cave for the dragons flame was in his way The language itself speaks to us in a
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