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As the twenty first century begins it is nearly impossible to imagine a world with out a Christian influence There is not a nation in the world that hasnt been introduced to the teachings of Christ in some form or another It is easy to see then difficulty of a reader who has emerged in this modern society to relate to the paganism associated with the two poems The Wander and The Seafarer Both poems try and convince the reader the horrors and disadvantages that accompany paganism with a direct focus on loneliness in the form of being exiled or from not knowing to love of the Christian God and foolishly intrusting in the Wyrd Both poems are examples of Christian theology in direct conflict with the pagan belief systems during the Anglo-Saxon period of English historyIn both The Wanderer and The Seafarer both main characters are exiled In one the Seafarer chose his exile and the other the Wanderer was exiled through circumstance In The Wanderer the character is sick of life in general He is on an extended journey not only find himself but also to find God He is sick of the world that he was associated with so he chose to leave it and go on a self imposed exile Much like the Transcendentalist writer David Therough the wanderer chose to live his life wandering through nature trying to find God and to a greater extent himself He understands the proof of the Living God as opposed to the Wanderer who is traveling through nature searching for the ways of his old life The wanderer is described as a grasshopper that has just lost his Hlafor his feudal warrior king and is searching for another Hlafor to call his own Unlike the Seafarer he is not looking for the Living God nor is he looking for the love of Christ but rather another Hlafor to give him the earthly pressures that
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