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The epic poem usually contains a journey of some sort and, true to form, Beowulf and his men travel to Denmark to fight Grendel. There is more to the journey than this, however.
How is the poem a metaphorical journey?
The journey of the Danes becoming a local power.
The journey of the Geats becoming a local power.
The journey of Beowulf developing into a leader.
The journey of Grendel's revenge.
The journey of Shield's family growing into power.