#8 The metaphor “Our future is a book of tragedy” means that Beowulf’s kingdom will probably be conquered by enemies. The events in the story support this. For example, only Wiglaf was brave enough to stand with Beowulf against the dragon. The other warriors returned only after the danger had passed. If the warriors couldn’t help defend the king against one dragon, how could they defend the kingdom against enemies? Wiglaf points this out by saying, “Failing to defend your king is like giving the keys to the kingdom to your enemies as a gift.”
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