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Toni Leigh Bullard Women In Anglo-Saxon Literature 01/25/07 Anglo-Saxon literature was based upon stories passed down from generations and translated into our English language. The stories do not portray women in this period to have many rights of there own. The women of this period were not so different compared to today’s women and there are very few poems that actually speak of the women. Two examples that do are “Beowulf” and “The Wife’s Lament.” Anglo-Saxon literature shows that women were anguished and dependant on their husband’s social status. They also had to abide by arranged marriages, physical abuse and male dominance. Anglo-Saxon women lived under men from the time they were born. The first person they are under is their father. They spent their adolescent years doing their fathers duties and as he said. Once they became of age and got married their first loyalty came about. The women were expected to comfort their husband and have and raise his children. In “The Wife’s Lament” the wife
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