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

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Beowulf and the Wanderer are similar in a few ways.  They are essentially the same character at very different points in life.  Both characters are warrior types that fight for a lord of some kind. They both revel in glory, honor, and good companionship at a mead hall.  Finally, both men know what it feels like to lose fellow warriors and a worthy king.  That king in Beowulf is Hygelac, who also happens to be related to Beowulf.  The lost king in The Wanderer is not named, but the text does show that the Wanderer laments the loss.  

Among the living
none now remains to whom I dare
my inmost thought clearly reveal.

The difference between these two characters is that Beowulf is currently surrounded by fellow warriors, glory, honor, and companionship.  He is at the top of his game, and he is capable of protecting himself and many other men.  Praises are heaped upon him for being courageous and strong.  None of that applies to the Wanderer.  He may have had all of that at...

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