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Fate was a major factor in the life of pagan cultures of any time period This is well documented in the epic poem Beowulf in which a pagan warrior wins because it is his destiny to win not because of any free will This is amply demonstrated throughout the text For instance in line20 the text states then Scyld departed at the destined hour This is but one of many examples that demonstrate the role of fate in death in pagan societies They believed that a man could not do anything to avoid it but had to embrace it This may be one of the reasons that Beowulf goes to confront the dragon he feels the pull of fate and realizes that if it was his time to die he would die If however he was fated to live that would allow him to triumph Therefore there was nothing he couldve done to alter his future This is partially elaborated on by the text in lines 1580-1583 The eminent prince was doomed to reach the end of his days on earth his life in this world So too was the dragon though he had guarded the hoard for generations and in lines 1717-1721 fate hovered over him so soon to fall on that old man to seek out his hidden spirit to split life and body flesh was to confine the soul of the old man only a little longer This idea that fate is inflexible that the future is already planned is in part responsible for the massive amount of blatant foreshadowing in the story In this way the outcome of the entire battle is known even at the beginning of the story giving it a bit of an omniscient point of view The mortals in the story do not know the outcome of their lives but it is revealed to you almost constantly Other examples of fate and foreshadowing intertwined are in lines
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