Why will Beowulf challenge Grendel without the use of a sword in Beowulf?

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There are several reasons why Beowulf wants to fight Grendel without the use of a sword. His famous "boasts" of bravery in battle is one reason-he wants people to talk about it like they have talked about his other conquests. For instance, he loves the fact that Wiglaf has talked about his fight with the dragon under water and the fact that his speech backfires on him. He also wants to prove it to himself that he can do it....

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