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Wiglaf along with Beowulfs other warriors watches Beowulf initiation his battle against the dragon WHen the fight seems to be turning against Beowulf however all of the warriors except Wiglaf -flee Wiglafs purpose in the poem however is more than simply someone to help Beowulf Wiglaf is the model of a good warrior and as a good warrior Wiglaf demonstrates the importance of heroism to society and the necessity of loyalty to ones kinsman and lord He is willing to saccrifice his life to reciprocate the gifts which he received from his lord but even more important he symbolizes the need for cooperation between warrior and lord in order to preserve society against overwhelming odds Wiglaf also demonstrates the responsibility of the good warrior a contrast to the cowardly warriors who represent all that sciet shoud not emulate After BEowulfs Battle with the dragon Wiglaf reprimands the warrioirs who fled Such cowardice he says reveals a national weakness and is an invitation for their enemies to attack Wiglaf reminds them that the loss of Beowulf means no more gifts a loss of land rights and everything that makes life joyous Wiglaf emphasizes that death is preferable to a life without a lord without a lord man is adrift in a hostile world During Beowulfs battle with the dragon the poet tells us that Beowulf is not undoomed and after the battle during Wiglafs attempt to revive the old Warrioir the poet reminds us that God not only has the power to preserve heroes in battle but also to take life from them He is saying at times God dispenses victories and at other times heroes lose their lives Here Beowulf loses his life God allows Beowulf to avenge himself against the dragon and fight the good fight but we must always remember a key idea of the heroic code a hero mustfight- even thoughhe knows that he fights against fate Although Wiglaf is only
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