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Unformatted text preview: menace underwater may mean the demon hiding beneath the shield within Beowulf. This might help prove Beowulfs less human qualities. It is also interesting that the poet uses the word would throughout these lines. This could also foreshadow Beowulfs death later on in the poem, where the shield does not protect him enough from his fate. It would keep the bone-cage of his body safe may refer to the actual skeleton of Beowulf. The bone-cage may also refer to the shield itself; the poet seems to personify the shield. No enemys clasp could crush him in it. It is interesting that the author uses the possessive tense for the word enemy. Besides the fact that it describes clasp, the poet may be referring to one enemy in particular. The author, perhaps, is using a pun on words and almost sarcastically stating that the one enemy will break through the armor to end Beowulfs life....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 215 taught by Professor Reames during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '08