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“Nothing was changed, everything was changed, by my having seen the dragon…I discovered that the dragon had put a charm on me: no weapon could cut me. I could walk up to the meadhall whenever I pleased, and they were powerless. My heart became darker because of that. Though I scorned them, sometimes hated them, there had been something between myself and men when we could fight. Now, invulnerable, I was as solitary as one live tree in a vast landscape of coal” (Gardner 75-76).
“ ‘It will be sung year on year and age on age that Unferth went down through the burning lake…and gave his life in battle with the world-rim roamer’…It dawned on me that he was waiting for me to kill him. I did nothing” (Gardner 87).
Unferth is nothing if he does not die
Unferth feels the heroic code is something to strive for-it gives him meaning
“I changed my mind . It would be meaningless, killing her. As meaningless as letting her live. It would be, for me, mere pointless pleasure, an illusion of order for this one frail, foolish flicker-flash I the long dull fall of eternity” (Gardner 110).
Sameness of life and death is a foundation of existentialism
Changes beauty to ugliness by his actions
If he kills the queen (love & beauty), then he becomes the dragon