Beowulf

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Beowulf won't use weapons

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Before turning in for the night, Beowulf makes one final boast:

"When it comes to fighting, I count myself
as dangerous any day as Grendel.
So it won't be a cutting edge I'll wield
to mow him down, easily as I might"
(677-680).

Why does he make this boast?

A

To pre-explain if he loses against Grendel.

B

To look brave and noble by fighting on Grendel's terms

C

To calm his warriors by showing it will be an easy fight.

D

Beowulf knows Grendel is impervious to weapons.

E

To make the fight look more dramatic.