Essay about The Dream Of The Rood And Beowulf

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During the late 10th century, there was affirmation of warrior and Christian cultures in literary works. Both “The Dream of the Rood” and “Beowulf,” authors unknown, have Christian elements throughout the text, but “Beowulf” also greatly embraces the pagan, warrior culture. The pagan culture of this time included stories of great heroes defeating their foes and gaining material wealth. The Christian culture is all about spiritual not material wealth. Good Christian characters find strength in their faith in God when they are going through trials and tribulations. It is interesting how these two starkly different elements can coincide in these ancient literary works. “The Dream of the Rood” is simply an artistic retelling of the gospel. The only names in the text are the many names used to describe God and Jesus. The dreamer and the tree are not awarded names, playing into the humility they feel in the presence of their Lord Jesus Christ. The tree tells about his plight of carrying Christ, “I was raised up, a cross; I lifted up the Mighty King, Lord of the Heavens: I dared not bend” (p. 28). Not only does the tree tell the dreamer the gospel, but he also tells him to evangelize, “Now I command you… that you tell men of this vision… that this is the tree of glory on which Almighty God suffered for mankind’s many sins” (p. 29). This story mirrors many stories in the Bible so well that it would not be surprising if this work was originally actually in the Bible. The Bible is…

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