Analysis Of The Book ' The Wanderer '

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Fear disguises itself in many forms. It can affect many. It can affect few. It derives from other people, one 's self, books, movies, experiences, stories, pain, grief, and many other places. Everyone experiences fear during their lifetime, but no one’s experience is the same. As stated before, fear takes on many forms and during Anglo-Saxon times, fear came mainly in the form of exile. Exile was a threat to Anglo-Saxons based off their poems, or songs, they wrote and sang. The themes of these poems were created, in some manner, to “scare” people to follow rules, therefore most were about exile. Just like fear, exile takes on many forms and can derive from many places. “The Wanderer,” is a Anglo-Saxon poem with a theme of exile. Exile in this poem comes to a man who has lost his lord and kinsmen in war. He was not exiled by punishment, but rather by a series of tragic events. The man is especially lonely with nobody to keep him company, no food, no shelter, and no protection. Not only is the lack of resources a struggle for the man, but he feels especially isolated with no one to tell his problems and sorrows to. The feeling of sadness becomes more and more unbearable as he continues to search far and wide for a new lord. He needs to find a new lord for his own protection. During Anglo- Saxon times, a man surviving on his own, without the protection of his lord, was very slim. His feeling of unhappiness, caused by the series of tragic events, results in
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