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Beowulf is an epic poem filled with violence vengeance and death The context of the poem is filled with a strong sense of doom targeted at the fate of the characters lives Beowulf centers on the Pagan belief of predestination and also on the Christian belief that God protects the good and not the evil These beliefs play a role in the ultimate fate of the characters The story begins as Grendel was terrorizing Herot Hrothgar the king of the Danes Wept fearing the beginning might not be the end 48-49 of Grendels wrath Grendel was eating the Danes and their doom was forever present as long as Grendel was still alive Beowulf was chosen to defeat Grendel As Beowulf was regaling about his heroic deeds he said Grendel and I are called together and Ive comeGod must decide who will be given to deaths cold grip 269-270 The Christian and Pagan belief are intertwined in his statement that reveals one of the two will die Beowulf always had the thought in the back of his mind that he will not always win his battles He expressed this feeling more than once as he said and I think if my time will come therell be nothing to mourn over 274-75 He believes that if he dies he will have failed and does not want to be mourned over He also believes that Fate will unwind as it must 284 and if he dies it will have been his destiny The night of the battle with Grendel has arrived and Grendel never Found Herot defended so firmly 294 This sets the stage for the battle that could include the death of Grendel because fate that night intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper 309-11 Grendels doom was eminent as he fought for his freedom wanting no flesh but retreat 337-38 His time had come his days were over his death near
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