Comparing Beowulf And The Wife's Lament

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Although, the story of “Beowulf” and “The Wife’s Lament” both share the themes of betrayal and anger there is a great difference in how each story is able to represent these themes. To begin with, in the story of Beowulf the themes are represented with words of jealousy. For example, in lines 423-445 Unferth states, “Are you the Beowulf who competed with Breca... ambush Grendel in the watches of the night.” in these lines one can clearly see Unferth betrayal and anger being used through words of jealousy towards Beowulf. Unferth tries to talk down on Beowulf and disrespect him. Moreover, in the story of “The Wife’s Lament” the theme of betrayal is represented through lament while anger is represented through bad wishes. In lines

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