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A stunning fact about Beowulf's past

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Towards the end of the section, the poet makes a shocking statement.

What is it and how is it significant?

A

Before his Grendel episode, Beowulf had been known among the Geats as a weakling. Given what we know about Beowulf, this has to have been added in later for dramatic effect.

B

Before his Grendel episode, Beowulf had been known among the Geats as a weakling. The Geats were actually hoping he wouldn't come back.

C

Someone else was supposed to have gone to kill Grendel in Beowulf's place. His triumphant return puts this other warrior out of the running for the throne.

D

Before the Grendel episode, Beowulf was known to be a liar. Given what we know about Beowulf, this has to have been added in later for dramatic effect.

E

Before the Grendel episode, Beowulf was known to be a liar. This reveals him as a hypocrite given his exchange with Unferth and suggests he is not as noble as readers had expected.