Lines 2724-the end Ariyana March

Lines 2724-the end Ariyana March

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  • Go now quickly, Dearest Wiglaf, under the gray stone Where the dragon is laid out, lost to his treasure; .... I want to examine That ancient gold, gaze my fill On those garnered jewels; my going will be easier For having seen the treasure..(2743-2750)
  • In the previous frame, Beowulf is dying and he is giving Wiglaf a speech. This is Beouwulf's return and his freedom to live. By defeating Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the greedy dragon, Beowulf has helped the people of Denmark get rid of their biggest burdens, therefore he is true hero and can die in peace. 
  • The son of Weohstan Quickly obeyed the command of his languishing War-weary lord; he went in his chain-mail Under the rock-piled roof of the barrow...A treasure-trove of astonishing richness, Wall-hangings that were a wonder to behold.(2751-2757)
  • In the previous frame,  Wiglaf goes into the cave and retrieves treasures for Beowulf to see before he dies. This is part of Wiglaf's departure where he is crossing the threshold into the dragons lair. By him crossing the threshold into the dragons lair he is proving that he is willing to become a hero and follow in Beowulf's foot steps. 
  • Now that I have bartered my last breath To own this fortune, it is up to you To look after their needs. I can hold out no longer.Order my troop to construct a barrow On a headland on the coast, after my pyre has cooled.(2799-2803)
  • In the previous frame, Beowulf is telling Wiglaf that is is now his duty to protect the town since he is dying. He is leaving Wiglaf in charge. This is Wiglaf's call to adventure in his departure. Because of Beowulf dying wish, the fate of Denmark is now in Wiglaf's hands.
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