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Authors often use events and things to symbolize stages in someones life Symbolism is the practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing meaning of significance to objects events or relationships In Beowulf Beowulf fights Grendel Grendels mother and a fire-breathing dragon In the anonymous epic Beowulf Beowulfs battles symbolize the youth adulthood and old age of Beowulfs lifeFirst the battle with Grendel represents the youth of Beowulfs life The typical youth is very brave and fights for fame Beowulf shows how the battle with Grendel is a representation of the youth of Beowulfs life by going to Hrothgar and asking him if he can fight Grendel for him and his people Beowulf shows this trait when he says Grant me then lord and protector of this noble place a single request I have come so far oh shelter of warriors and your peoples loved friend that this one favor you should not refuse me That I alone and with the help of my men may purge all evil from this Hell Second another trait that a typical youth has is that they dont want to be outwitted They also dont want people to think poorly of them Beowulf shows this when he hears that Grendel does not use any weapons to fight and so Beowulf says that he will not use any weapons because he wants Higlac to think worthy of him Beowulf shows this trait when he says I have heard too that the monsters scorn of men is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none Now will I My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to if I hid behind some broad linden shield my hands alone shall fight for me struggle for life against the monster Third the typical youth likes to brag about what they have done Beowulf shows this third trait
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