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Death is a hard thing in Beowulf and it also appears to be tragic and difficult in Anglo-Saxon culture. Fallen comrades are remembered for their good deeds and their place in life. When Grendel’s mother takes Aeschere away from Hrothgar, he is remorseful and he misses his fallen friend. Hrothgar says to Beowulf, “Sorrow has returned. Alas for the Danes! Aeschere is dead. He was Yrmenlaf’s elder brother and a soul-mate to me, a true mentor, my right hand man when the ranks clashed and our boar- crests had to take a battering in the line of action. Aeshere was everything the world admires in a wise man and a friend”(p.36 ln. 1323-1329). Hrothgar praises his friend and comments on his life in this world and how much he meant to him as a friend.
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Unformatted text preview: There are many religious connotations to the transient nature of death and the worldly possessions a man leaves in the “mortal world”(p.59 ln 2342). The story of the man who left the treasure underground where it came from because it was worthless to him in this world if he had no one to share it with and when he died, the treasure would not come with him. When the king’s deaths are mentioned, it is very quickly how the succession is explained as one king replaces another as is the custom of such a death. Bodwulf’s death is a very dignified and honorable death as he dies fighting a dragon and he sees the treasure he will leave his people after such a glorious life....
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