Saxo Book IV Response Sheet - 9-24-10 Scandinavian Studies...

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Unformatted text preview: 9-24-10 Scandinavian Studies R5B Book IV Response Sheet • (97) When the British king found out that Fengi was killed by Amleth, he was torn between avenging Fengi, or let Amleth go because of his daugther’s affection for him. The sacred laws of hospitality came first, so he treated Amleth nice during his visit, however, he planned to avenge him later quietly. This shows the British king’s sly and devious character. He is not so positively described and characterized, which may overall portray Saxo’s thoughts on Britain. • Amleth is characterized as a very intelligent man. First, he delivers a long, but moving speech in which “…some were reduced to tears…” which let him become king (96). Not only that, his “unfathomable intelligence” was praised by Herminthrud when the spy was returning the shield. (98) • The British is depicted as cowardly (100) when they ran away, “conquered by the corpses of those they had overcome when living…”. (100) • Amleth was a character who truly believed in military dishonor and integrity. When challenged by Viglek, he knew he would die if he accepted the battle, but his “desire to preserve his integrity weighed more....” (100) • Amleth died by Viglek—this is portrayed very neutral, for how positively and great he was described when he was alive. It describes, “if fate had tended him as kindly as nature, he would have shone as brightly…” This seems to imply that everyone’s lives are somewhat balanced, where both the positive aspects of a character is balanced by “bad luck”. Essay Topics • Amleth seems to be portrayed very positively. How does this compare to Egil? • How does Saxo view the British? ...
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