Comparison between Beowulf and The Wanderer Essay
10th October, 2013 / Esma Bike Bostancı
BEOWULF AND THE WANDERER
There are many factors to consider in comparing the two poems of the Old English society – Beowulf and The Wanderer. While they have many similarities; they have, within their structure and plot, many differences we can easily find or eventually make out.
When we look at both the poems in terms of their genre; while they are both products of the traditional oral literature of the Anglo-Saxons; Beowulf is more of an epic poem elevated in a heroic style with supernatural events such as the defeating of the dragon Grendel by Beowulf, who is a character of noble birth. Whereas The Wanderer …show more content…
The plot and the characters in both the poems are also different and similar in many ways; the character Beowulf in the poem Beowulf is a man with supernatural powers who is very brave and strong because he defeats dragons and so becomes famous, in which he is declared immortal by Hrothgar, thereby strengthening his position in the Mead Hall. Whereas the man in The Wanderer has lost his king, fellow warriors and most importantly his place at the Mead Hall which makes him remorse and relinquished to fight . Despite these different emotions and characteristics, Beowulf and the Wanderer were both warriors. They both