How does the line, “Fate saves / the living when they drive away death by themselves!” complicate Beowulf's understanding of Fate as discussed in the last section (lines 572-3)?
Here, Beowulf acknowledges that he has more agency in the outcomes of his actions than it seemed initially. He argues that Fate may preordain several outcomes based on the actions that a person takes themselves. There is a greater sense of responsibility and accountability in this view than in the simpler view (that fate determines everything that will happen) that we discussed in the previous section.
Why does the poem include the story of Finn?
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