Death of Beowulf

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Death of Beowulf
Beowulf’s death is the part of the story which is immediately after Beowulf kills the dragon. Of course he had a little bit help from Wiglaf. But when they are fighting the dragon, Beowulf attains an injury that is very fatal. The first paragraph (lines 736-740) tells us that Beowulf is dying, and he has no hope of living. He had “Seen/As much as God would grant him.” This supports evidence that Beowulf is going to die soon. In the next paragraph, Beowulf admits his deadly injury to Wiglaf, and informs him of what he is expecting from the Geats in the future. Beowulf in his speech (lines 741-744) what he first says is that, if he had an heir that god gave him, and then he wouldn’t mind dying. He then speaks (lines 744-747) of the time he ruled for 50 years, and how nobody threatened the Geats, nobody challenged the Geat nation, nobody sent soldiers. So basically there was nothing negative while he ruled. The next few lines (lines 747-755), Beowulf talks about how hard he tried to please God and that he did all that he could do in his strength. He even said that “the Lord of life has never watched me wash my sword in blood, Born of my own family,” this means that he never killed the ones he loved. In the end he was happy that he got live a good life, honest life, powerful life. He was pleased that god gave him all the things he wanted and that god could save him if he wanted to. Once Beowulf finished telling his life story, he tells Wiglaf to go to where the dragon keeps his treasures, and bring all the “ancient silver, precious Jewels, shining armor and gems,” to him, before he dies. He thinks that he will die an easier death of he sees the last trophy of his life. Wiglaf then suddenly went to the dragon’s tower, and took all the rusted and rotting gold he could find, and brought them to Beowulf. When Wiglaf returned, he saw Beowulf in the very last stage of his life, parched for breath.

When he sees the treasures, Beowulf...
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