Dream of the Rood

Dream of the Rood - Morgan 1 English 217-09 Dr Holbrook...

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Morgan English 217-09 Dr. Holbrook 02/20/08 Essay#1 If I Only Had A Heart: The Legacy of The Rood Most of the works read in class had been rather familiar to me, until that is when we read the story The Dream of The Rood . I do not come from a religious background; therefore religious fables of Christ and his crucifixion are uncharted waters to me. I found The Dream of The Rood to be an enchanting and engaging piece. I marveled at the ways the author, though unknown, was able to use personification to make the rood come alive. The tale of the rood is not of just sorrow, but it is a tale of destiny, purpose, and the changes undergone to fulfill said destiny. The author uses personification and imagery to give physical and emotional human traits to the rood. The trials and tribulations the rood endures is what makes it into the symbol of hope that it remains today. The story is introduced by a man recollecting a dream he once had. He now refers to it as the best of dreams. The man was off wandering through the woods when suddenly before him stood an amazing tree. It was shown in bright light with angels all around. The tree’s entire façade was covered in gold and adorned with jewels (Norton 27). Everything about the tree seemed divine and righteous until rather abruptly its form began to change. It is at this point that the 1
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Morgan transformation of the tree begins. The dreamer notices that the tree is beginning to bleed, and all of the jewels slowly being covered in blood. In an even more extraordinary act the tree gives voice and proceeds to talk to the dreamer. Talking and bleeding are the first physical human characteristics that are associated with the tree in the story (Norton 27). The story of the tree’s life begins in the forest. It is in the woods that the tree speaks of only having simple traits consistent with all trees. The only human characteristic present in this part of the story is that the tree has a memory of these early encounters, and addresses himself as if he were a person. At this
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