The Dream Of The Rood And Beowulf

1488 WordsOct 18, 20166 Pages
In Anglo-Saxon literary works, the writing usually addressed to a Christian audience but yet all commonly affirm the values of the warrior cultures in power in different matters. In the two pieces “The Dream of the Rood” and Beowulf there are two powerful kings being represented that are set in overlapping values that benefit their true courageous deeds. Both are considered good, but do they mean the same thing in Christianity and paganism contexts? Specifically, the two pieces both fuse together Christian and pagan ideals to show their two powerful kings represented in two completely different manners. In the literary work Beowulf the character Beowulf is known as the king along with many others. While in the literary work “The Dream of the Rood” Jesus Christ is known as the king since he is directly referred to as a “king” several times throughout the work. The settings and time periods play a huge role in the values and beliefs of Christianity and paganism and whether the values are good or bad that are shown in the stories. Since Beowulf was set in Denmark and Geatland around 500 A.D. it shows us that the main factor of Beowulf was the values of paganism. But we don’t necessarily know if the paganism we’re being shown is for the better. And so on for “The Dream of the Rood”, set at the crucifixion, which is an obvious Christian element, so the entire story is mainly based around the Christian values all Christians followed. More detail is needed about the stories to
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