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It seems essential to have two parts to everything Whether it may be a reward and a punishment or a heart of both hatred and love Dualism is not simply the act of having two parts its the act that the second part is essential to the first Perhaps the second part provides motivation of what not to do or it is our human nature to desire more than one thing This ultimately creates a larger challenge for ourselves than originally intended The Seafarer was written during Britains Anglo-Saxon period and was used mainly as entertainment in that time Of course back in those days entertainment had an entirely different meaning Anglo-Saxons were known for having a strong connection with God which is clearly represented through the spirituality in the poem Through the use of dualism the author highlights the controlling metaphor stresses the imagery shapes the poetic structure and emphasizes the theme in The Seafarer The poem accentuates two sides the land and the sea Throughout the poem the sea is given a negative connotation where land is represented as a safe and calm place When the poet writes about land orchards blossom and the towns bloom Fields grow lovely as the world springs fresh 48-49 he makes it seem more peaceful and serene Yet when he writes about the sea iced cold sea whirled in sorrow 15 it gives off the opposite effect Even though the sea may be rough and dangerous the Seafarer still desires to venture out into the open waves The good versus bad side dualism is commonly seen in literature However in this poem contains a deeper meaning In the controlling metaphor the sea represents the challenges faced by a Christians and obstacles in ordinary life and their spiritual journey For example with frozen chains and hardship groaned around my heart10-11 symbolizes the hardship of the sea The sea is a vortex of guilt sins
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