EC 1.2 - Christian at the time would have seemed...

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The poem “The Dream of the Rood” tells the story of the actual cross, or rood. The story depicts Jesus as a young man, unafraid of what he is about to encounter. The story is told through the eyes of the cross, and therefore depicts a very different Jesus Christ than the one shown in the Bible. This poem refers to Christ as a “young man”, which is slightly disarming for someone who would have grown up in a post-Christianity world. In Christian stories, Christ is depicted as the most important person in the story, regardless of who the narrator is. In “The Dream of the Rood”, the reader is made to feel for the cross itself, which is not a common thought. The storytelling style of this poem shows that it was obviously written by an educated person, but by one who was probably not a Christian. Given the time period, religion was an extremely important part of everyday life, and a story like this, to a
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Unformatted text preview: Christian at the time, would have seemed blasphemous. Telling a story from this perspective, however, allows the typical believer of the time to see the famous story from a completely different point of view, humanizing Jesus. The anthropomorphic Cross character depicted in the poem tells the story of the criminal he is allowing to be crucified upon him, telling of the pain he feels when the nails are put in, and his journey from a “stained” individual to a “glorified” tree. This character mirrors Christ’s journey from God’s human son to his position in Heaven. The author has used the Cross character as a beard for this progression The “Dream of the Rood” would have shown its contemporaries that Jesus and religion are not one sided and omniscient, but multidimensional, with several different truths....
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