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The Wanderer Vs. The Seafarer
Transcript of The Wanderer Vs. The Seafarer
-Nick Wajda, Danilo Rubio, Brandi Whitaker & Paige Seay
The "earth- stepper" talks about previous hardships that he has had to deal with such as the slaughter of his family. He now has been exiled and only has one friend, sorrow. In the past, he was able to experience good times with friends, but they are now over. While he is asleep, he dreams of past times, only to be disappointed when awakes by wavy seas. He talks about as you grow up, you gain wisdom through experience and being exiled has made him realize this. A comparison he makes is an abandoned building to Earth without any inhabitants. While being exiled, this makes him cherish Earth and being able to inhabit it because he now feels no meaning in life due to his exile.
The Wanderer Overview
The speaker talks about the suffering he endures while being out at sea in the middle of the winter. Not only the physical struggles, but mental as well.He remembers cold and loneliness, nothing but the rippling waves surrounding him. The Seafarer says no man safe and comfortable on land, knows how bad being exiled to sea is. He envies those who are free to do as they please, while he is being tortured by the icy, dark sea.
The Seafarer Overview
Fifth or sixth century
Written in Old English, or Anglo-Saxon
Most likely composed at the meeting-point between Paganism and Christianity in England
Express traditional Germanic beliefs about how a wise man should act, the inevitability of death, and mankind's inability to change his fate.
Seafaring is considered a metaphor for the spiritual journey of the good, faithful Christian.
Contains a mixture of Anglo-Saxon warrior values and Christian values
Here's the scenario: you are alone, floating upon an empty ocean. The breeze is piercingly cold, and there is not a strip of land in the horizon. Your hope has run thin, but you are not about to give up yet. After being exiled, you are isolated from resources and lost in your own personal thoughts. What do you do with your time?
Compare and Contrast
Both characters have been exiled
Both involve Christianity
Both contain self-realization (wealth is not worth it, there is a deeper meaning to life that they don't have)
Compare and Contrast
The Seafarer was put out to sea, whereas the Wanderer has lost his lord. This results in The Wanderer searching for a new lord. In fact, The Seafarer seems to want to be at sea when he is not. Perhaps this is why The Seafarer is more upbeat about his observations. Although they are both isolated and alone, The Seafarer kindles a new fire for life. In contrast, The Wanderer feels sadness.
Students will be able to understand the cultural application of being exiled during this time period by comparing The Wanderer and The Seafarer