Compare and contrast the characterizations of the Wanderer and Beowulf (the characters, not the poems).I need to compare and contrast Beowulf to the Wanderer, as characters, not the poems.  Would...

Compare and contrast the characterizations of the Wanderer and Beowulf (the characters, not the poems).

I need to compare and contrast Beowulf to the Wanderer, as characters, not the poems.  Would be greatly appriciated(:!

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The characters you ask about are both products of Anglo-Saxon poetry, of course, and are actually related in a specific way.  The Wanderer is an example of a character orphaned, in a sense, when his mead hall is destroyed, or his lord is killed, or he is, in effect, exiled for some reason.  The Wanderer is like the characters that would have fled from Grendel.  Grendel is representative of that which can destroy a mead hall and orphan its inhabitants, like the Wanderer.

Beowulf, in contrast, is a hero that keeps mead halls from ruin.  He is a super hero, so to speak.  He is big and pure and courageous and unbeatable in battle.  He conquers Grendel, not victimized by him.   

The Wanderer is motivated by companionship and security.  Beowulf is motivated by his desire to be remembered.  The Wanderer is a homeless laborer, while Beowulf is king material.  The Wanderer is realistic, while Beowulf is an ideal. 

A cultural connection, then, exists between these two characters, but similarities are few. 

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