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In the Old English poems titled Beowulf and "The Wanderer," compare and contrast the two titular characters.

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The two Old English poems titled Beowulf and “The Wanderer” present title characters whose various similarities and differences include the following:

  • The Wanderer implies that he is a man “eager for fame” (Donaldson translation), and certainly a desire for fame is one of Beowulf’s motivations as well.
  • Both the Wanderer and Beowulf lose, through death, the kings they obviously love.
  • Both the Wanderer and Beowulf have spent much time at sea, although this seems to be especially the case with the Wanderer.
  • Both the Wanderer and Beowulf are familiar with loss and mutability.
  • Both the...

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