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Chucked off a cliff: The Dragon's Ignominious EndWhen Grendel was killed, Beowulf hung...

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted December 17, 2007 at 7:26 PM via web

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Chucked off a cliff: The Dragon's Ignominious End

When Grendel was killed, Beowulf hung the monster's arm and claw from the rafters of Herot.  Why does this "sky-terror," as ruthless as the "spawn of Cain" simply get pushed off a cliff? 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2007 at 8:28 AM (Answer #2)

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Could it simply be that Beowulf is about to die, and so his thoughts aren't on hacking apart his fallen enemy, but rather making sure the Geats do what he wants with regards to his funeral?  I'm sure someone else can come up with some kind of metaphorical meaning behind it, but maybe Beowulf was just done and didn't want to bother hacking the tail off the dragon to hang somewhere.

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