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In Seamus Heaneys Beowulf A New Verse Translation the idea of ethics is a reoccurring theme In this Anglo-Saxon poem that set of ethics is called the warrior code In Beowulf the warrior code is a set of battle ethics In the essay that follows the warrior code will be addressed in three different ways The first being how foreshadowing showed the warrior codes responsibility for the decay of feudal society the second being how the code affected Beowulf and the third being Beowulfs agreement with the code In Beowulf the scop uses foreshadowing to show how the society in which Beowulf lives is falling apart due to the warrior code The first example of when the scop uses foreshadowing would be when the story of the Frisians and the Danes is told He describes how the two clans are fighting by killing one man at a time a part of the warrior code is eye for an eye slowly destroying the other clan A second time that the reader sees foreshadowing is when Beowulf has slain Grendals mother Beowulf in himself shows how the warrior code is breaking down society when he goes to cut off Grendals head This is a violation of warrior code so it is the perfect example of the decay the code is causing A third time that the reader sees foreshadowing is when Beowulf talks about the Danes attending Freawarus wedding Beowulf tries to explain that it will only fuel the battle between the two clans thus making the marriage pointless Beowulf is affected by the warrior code on a personal level because the code is responsible for the death of his family Being the last of his lineage Beowulf tries to make sure he wins in battle and while he is in charge he keeps peace Beowulf knows that with each battle God will determine if he will be victorious This can be seen in Beowulfs speech to
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