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In lines 247-251, the narrator makes use of indirect characterization:

"Nor have I see
a mightier man-at-arms on this earth
than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken,
he is truly noble. This is no mere
hanger-on in a hero's armor."

What is the purpose of this description?


To praise Beowulf and please him


To praise Beowulf's men


To show the reader Beowulf's promise as a hero


To show Wulfgar's envy.


To illustrate just how much the Danes need a hero.

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