Metaphor in Beowulf
Metaphor Examples in Beowulf:
"When feasting is finished...." See in text (XVI)
The poet uses a feast as a metaphor for life, which would resonate with the audience. Note also how the poet does not describe this "fated place" as heaven or hell. Not mentioning some kind of life after death is odd for a Christian poet, but this is possibly an example of the pagan view of death taking precedence over the Christian view.