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At least one of the above quotes, explain what you think the beowulf poet means by “fate” and its relationship to mortals and to god.
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At least one of the above quotes, explain what you think the beowulf poet means by “fate” and its relationship to mortals and to god.
Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy (which he wrote in prison after having suffered great personal tragedy) was a very influential book during the period Beowulf was composed and written down [and remained influential through the Renaissance]. In the book, Boethius has a dialogue with “Lady Philosophy,” who tells him a great deal about the nature of things, including fortune, fate, providence and God. After reading Boethius, please review the following passages that deal with fate or “wyrd” in the poem: 440-55; 476-79; 569-73; 1001-7; 1232-1237; 1709-1722; 1554-55; 1384-89; 1724-1784. Now, please consider the following question: With reference to AT LEAST ONE of the above quotes, explain what you think the Beowulf poet means by “fate” and its relationship to mortals and to God. Does this agree with how Boethius defines “fate,” “providence” or “fortune” and their relationship to happiness? Why or why not?

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