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The character of Wiglaf in the second part of the poem, although a relatively minor character, is nevertheless important to the overall structure of the poem.
He represents the young warrior who helps the aging King Beowulf in his battle against the dragon Album) the second part of the poem, in much the same way as the younger Beowulf helped King Hrothgar in the first part. Like the young Beowulfhe is also a model of self-control, determined to act in a way that he believes to be right. The monster Grendel is an extreme example of evil and corruption, possessing no human feelings except hatred and bitterness toward mankind.
However, unlike human beings, who can contain elements of good and evil, there seem to be no way that Grendel can ever be converted to goodness. As much as he stands for a symbol of evil, Grendel also represents disorder and chaos, a projection of all that was most frightening to the Anglo-Saxon mind.
The main theme of the poem is the conflict between good and evilmost obviously exemplified Father William - Anton Lesser the physical conflict between Beowulf and Grendel. However, good and evil are also presented in the poem not as mutually exclusive opposites, but as dual qualities present in everyone. The poem also makes clear our need for a code of ethics, which allows members of society to relate to one another with understanding and trust.
Another theme is that of youth and age. In the first part, we see Beowulf as the young, daring prince, in contrast with Hrothgar, the wise but aging king. In the second part, Beowulfthe aging but still heroic warrior, is contrasted with his young follower, Wiglaf. The character of Beowulf himself is not particularly concerned with Christian virtues like meekness and poverty and, although he clearly wants to help people, in a Christian sort of way, his motivation for doing so is complicated. In the seventh stanza, the young man reminds Father William of his advanced age for the last time.
In addition to this, he tells Father William that one expects that, like other older men, his power of vision would have decayed with age. However, Father William has managed to train his eyes on something very close to them — an eel balanced on the tip of his nose. Regarding this as a sign of cleverness, the young man wonders how Father William has achieved this feat. Breaking the pattern set by Carroll in the eighth stanza, Father William refuses to reply to this question.
Instead, he feels it is enough that he has answered the previous three questions. Then as a warning, Father William tells the young man to stop imagining that Father William has all the time in the world to answer absurd questions.
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