Wiglaf is one of the more subtly interesting characters in the poem. He is one of the warriors who accompany Beowulf when Beowulf goes to defeat the Dragon. He exemplifies the code of comitatus. Not only is Wiglaf willing to die to defeat the Dragon, but he is willing to die to protect Beowulf. He is contrasted by the other warriors, who run away into the woods when it becomes clear that Beowulf will be unable to kill the Dragon without help. He is similar to a young Beowulf in terms of bravery. While the poem ends with concern regarding the future for the Geats because of the death of their king, Wiglaf’s bravery leaves some room for hope.

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Essays About Beowulf