Fate In Beowulf

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Throughout Beowulf, there is a heavy reliance on religious principles. In many instances, they describe things as choices of the “Almighty”. For example, Beowulf says the winner of the battle with Grendel will be based on the “judgement of God” in line 441. While the story is clearly riddled with a mix of Pagan and Christian elements, these interesting statements make it seem as though the story also incorporates the idea of fate the same way it appears in Macbeth. This incites the question of whether we control our future, or if it is in the hands of a higher power. Beowulf also goes on to say, in the same monologue as before, “fate goes over as fate must” in line 455. This indicates that not only is our eventual future decided, but that everything

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