Essay on The Anglo-saxon Literature

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In the Anglo-Saxon literature, the scop has a privilege of retaining history, culture and social values of that society. In many cases the scop exercises the power to create stories which reflect the values of that society. The Rood in the ¡°The Dream of the Rood¡± also tells a story of which affects its society and people. The existence of this witness that reports the suffering and the glorification of Christ proves necessary for the people to believe. The Rood becomes a hero that preserves an event that proves crucial to the society. As the Rood observes the suffering of Christ, it also shares with him the pains of crucifixion. In other words, the Rood takes part in Christ¡¯s crucifixion which pertains to the salvation of the souls. …show more content…
The consequence of their loyalty leads the warriors of the Maldon to death. Likewise, the Rood also follows Christ in his suffering and to his death. It states, ¡°standing in a sweat of blood/ I was all wounded with shafts¡±(The Rood, 57). Indeed, that ¡°sweat of blood¡± belongs to the Rood and its ¡°wounded¡± body identifies with that of the Christ¡¯s. In fact, while having the knowledge of the inevitable tragedy, the heroes of the Anglo-Saxon literature neglects to heed to their fear of death. What defines a hero in this period pertains to facing the ¡°wierd.¡± Rather than a resignation in giving up their lives, they participate actively in order to live out their given role, to fulfill what they have promised to do. Indeed, the heroes of the Maldon are ¡°fated [to] fall¡±(Maldon, 4). In the face of their inevitable doom, these heroes state ¡°in right good time dost thou recall us to our allegiance¡±(Maldon,232). This ¡°allegiance¡± to serve the lord cannot be forfeited even when the lord no longer lives. Regardless of the tragic consequences, these heroes choose to suffer. The Rood indicates, ¡°wry wierds a many I underwent¡± in revealing its active role in its fate (The Rood, 56). The Rood states that ¡°[it] underwent],¡± have chosen to suffer with Christ.
The Anglo-Saxon heroes actively choose to suffer and face their wierd. However, their keeping of the allegiance enables them