Analysis Of ' The Peace Weaver ' Essay

1471 Words May 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Also, Hildeburh, and Hygd use the space that they have both emotionally and physically. Although Shari Horner argues that “The peace-weaver exemplifies a kind of social and often (if not monastic) enclosure. And the stories of women in Beowulf develop cumulatively, each validating the cultural functions of enclosed femininity through both imaginative and structural patterning” (Discourse of Enclosure 20), the point is that they use the space or their enclosed space for their own gain. Though some of these women fail to achieve the purpose of peace-weaving, the women in Beowulf, despite their failure, they use the space they have for mourning and they move on. Hildeburh, after she loses her son, according to the poem, wails and griefs like any mother would, but then, she is shown to be capable of making decisions that a man will normally make. She ordered her own son’s body be burnt with Hnaef’s, the flesh on his bones to sputter and blaze beside his uncle’s.
The woman wailed and sang kneens, the warrior went up. (Lines 1116-1118)
In her mourning, she still tries to make peace as a peace-weaver. These is nothing to suggest that she is weak or passive in her action. Shari Horner argues that the women in Beowulf are controlled and that is “analogous to that of women in early medieval monastic culture, and that reading the poem’s women in terms of enclosure reveals a broad cultural theme of female containment – and its corollary, the danger of escape – that mark much of early…

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