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Compare and contrast the characterizations of the Wanderer and Sir Gawain (the characters themselves, not the poems of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and "The Wanderer").  

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One might not think of the Wanderer and Sir Gawain as having much in common, but they do.

Firstly, both have great reverence for their king (or as the Wanderer might call it, his liege lord). They take their warrior status with seriousness and seek to represent their lords well. For the Wanderer, this was in battle. For Gawain, this is by taking up the Green Knight's deadly challenge.

Secondly, both have great love for their communities. The Wanderer lost his people and mourns that loss, thinking back on the communal joy in the mead hall. Gawain still has a king and people to return to, though he believes he will die at the Green Knight's axe, so he believes he is leaving them forever.

However, there are differences between the two. As mentioned previously, the Wanderer will be forever alone, a man without a people to come back to, while Gawain will get to return to Camelot. Also, the Wanderer does not experience the same shame as Gawain, who fails in his test of courage and honesty by...

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