Why did the soldier help Beowulf?Why did the soldier Wiglaf help Beowulf when he faced the dragon?

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Wiglaf represents the theme of loyalty. It is his duty to help his King. Therefore, it only makes sense when he berates his men from running away in fear when it was time to help Beowulf. He proves his leadership and loyalty by sticking with him until the end and praising Beowulf's name and building him a tower after he dies.