The Seafarer The Wife's Lament And The Wanderer

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During much of the human’s existence, or at least up until recent years, the threat of exile was up to par with the menace of death. It meant the exiled was forced to leave their dwelling, and, during that period, departure meant almost certain death. In numerous situations, the man or woman would be forced to live on their own and would have little to no outside help; they could not merely enter the next kingdom or village because death by sword was more than a likely possibility due to conflicting kingdoms and the suspicion for what the banishment had resulted from. This was motivation for the constant fear of banishment and allowed for authority to be assured using only a single word. However, as shown in the poems The Seafarer, The Wife’s Lament, and The Wanderer, occasionally exile was not…show more content…
Embedded in the people’s faith, was the idea that life on earth was merely a test. Many believed if they passed the assessment, then they could return to heaven and be granted eternal life. This allowed for some, such as the narrator in The Seafarer, to have the incentive to live a life emptied of material happiness, since money and large homes could not be taken to heaven anyway, and live a life of honor. The narrator in The Seafarer, for example, lives honorably through his lack of need for materials and his bravery of testing himself against the mighty wrath of the sea. He also believes that popular need for material happiness is what was going to ruin the world’s people and that people were becoming weak and dishonorable as time passed. He envisioned a time where honor was gone along with the men who possessed it and where regular things such as rulers and emperors were obsolete. The poem never comes out and says it, but it does say “the weakest survive,” alluding to people who live in fear of exile who are unable to actually live and instead hide from
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