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Beowulf and the Art of Letting GoHow effectively and/or nobly do you think Beowulf met...

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted December 17, 2007 at 7:15 PM via web

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Beowulf and the Art of Letting Go

How effectively and/or nobly do you think Beowulf met his mortal end? 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 30, 2007 at 2:57 PM (Answer #2)

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I don't think he was ignoble in facing death, but he definitely felt sad about not getting to stick around longer:

"He was sad at heart,
unsettled yet ready, sensing his death." (2419-2420)

After telling stories from his youth, he then says,

"'I shall win the gold
by my courage, or else mortal combat,
doom of battle, will bear your lord away.'" (2535-2537)

And then, when it's all over and he's about to die, he wants to see the treasure so that he can know what he left behind for his people. Sure, there might have been some pride mixed in there (see what I did everyone??), but he knew he couldn't keep the gold for himself, and it gave him comfort to know that he had left his people well provided for.  And the last thing he did before dying was to give gifts to Wiglaf.

I think Beowulf met his end very nobly and in the same way he lived his life.

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