| Quote #7
Beowulf got ready,
In a few words, the narrator sums up Beowulf's attitude toward mortality: he is "indifferent to death," realizing that it will eventually come to him, and not caring at all. While he lives, he will do great deeds. Eventually, he has accepted that he will die. That's all there is to it.
| Quote #8
"Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part,
Hrothgar reminds Beowulf that he shouldn't get too cocky; after all, no matter how many great deeds he performs, there will eventually be some kind of catastrophe that kills him. He may have nearly superhuman strength, but something will be his downfall anyway. Death comes to us all in the end.
| Quote #9
After many trials,
Beowulf is fated to die – but so is the fantastic monster that he faces. Even dragons must face their own mortality in this poem.