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The moral of Beowulf is that good conquers evil. In the epic, bravery, honor, and loyalty concur evil. The story highlights the importance of the values in individuals.

Beowulf, the hero of the story, goes to the aid of King Hrothgar. King Hrothgar’s people are suffering at the hands of the monster, Grendel. By the time Beowulf gets to the Danes, Grendel has claimed the lives of warriors and ordinary citizens. Beowulf is brave enough to challenge the monster. He fights Grendel and wins. He also remains loyal to Hrothgar and helps fight Grendel’s mother.

Wiglaf is also loyal to Beowulf, and when the other warriors abandon him during the fight with the dragon, Wiglaf stands his ground and fights alongside Beowulf.

Beowulf, Hrothgar, and Wiglaf are honorable men as demonstrated by their motivation to keep their promises. They understand the value of friendship, and they stand with their friends in their time of need. By expressing their virtues, they are able to conquer their enemies.