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Unformatted text preview: Having honor, gaining honor communal life – drink, party Dying with honor, avenging wrongs “Weirgild” Value riches, wealth Honor warrior for deeds with treasure Competition Boasting “Barbaric” II. Christian Poet writing about Pagan culture A. References can all be traced to Old Testament B. Absence of great dogmas of Christianity C. Possible explanations for the “Christian flavoring” 1. the poet is commenting from a superior position on the sadness of the fates of the pagan people, consciously and purposefully including Christian references to emphasize this fate to his audience 2. the poet is writing in a time of transition b/t paganism and Christianity and his poem reflects the way the two coexisted in social practices and common beliefs D. What markers of the Poet’s Christianity did you notice? How would you describe his treatment of the characters?...
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