Similarities Between The Wanderer And The Wife's Lament

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The Wanderer describes a warrior who journeys the world exploring shelter and aid. The Wanderer’s monologue divides into two parts, first being a lament for his exile and the losing of family, friends, and the bounteousness of his king. The “wanderer” doubts the things he has known and realizes that many have vanished and everything else is short-lived. The Wife’s Lament is mostly perturbed with the grief of a woman and the deception of her state of hopelessness. The poem presents a woman who’s grieving her life’s journeys and is begging a cry for help of her loss of her companion, friends, and family as she suffers her banishment. Both poems are very similar by sharing the same culture. Both poems are Anglo-Saxon poems that display examples of how literature is representational, for they catch the culture’s heroic views of recognition and fate, the culture’s societal format, and the religious combats in that time period; making the transition from Paganism to Christianity.…show more content…
The speaker in The Wanderer appears to have accepted Christianity as he holds on to God’s affection for him, at the same time, he still has trust in the pagan belief of fate. In lines 84-88, it appears that the speaker is still a pagan, for he soon waits for the days of earthly riches from his lord. The Wanderer reflects the Anglo-Saxon traditions from its previous brave culture, and how it catches one man’s attempt to find answers to his questions. His faith in the Germanic heroic code has been tainted which eventually turned him into a wretched existence. However as he coverts to Christianity for a clear path, he cannot help looking back on the traditions that were a part of him and what he stand

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