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How does understanding the position of Anglo-Saxon women help you understand “A...

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dlw831 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM via web

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How does understanding the position of Anglo-Saxon women help you understand “A Wife’s Lament”?

 

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teachersyl | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM (Answer #1)

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The Anglo-Saxon culture valued honor and kindred, more so than love. Besides, in a world where nothing was considered permanent, love was too abstract and fleeting. Also, a woman was part of the Anglo-Saxon man's private life, and did nothing to add to his honor in that case. All of the elements combine to create a character who was "thrown away" and has no recourse but the familiar concept of exile.

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