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The Dream Of The Rood Critical Analysis Essay

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“The Dream of the Rood” “There powerful enemies took me, put me up to make a circus-play to lift / up and parade their criminals” (37). In “The Dream of the Rood,” a classic and holy story is told in a different light from the way it is written in the Bible. It recounts the story of Christ dying on the cross and resurrecting, but with a twist: It is written partly from the point-of-view of the cross that he was crucified on. Throughout “The Dream of the Rood”, the author of the poem reveals their style through first-person point of view, alliteration, and their tone. First, the author reveals their style through the first-person point of view that they use throughout the poem. The entirety of the poem is written in two characters’ perspectives,…show more content…
The alliteration in the poem serves a purpose, creating a mood for each section and segment of the story. An example of the alliteration being used to set the mood for a scene is when the tree is described as being “[gleaming, gold, with gemstones gleaming down to it’s foot]” (7). The author is describing the cross to be important and perhaps even royal. The mood quickly changes as the tree starts “bleeding on the right side” in which the dreamer describes being “bereft with sorrows; that splendid sight made [him] afraid” (CITATION) The harsh consonants indicate a change in the mood to one of sadness and sorrow. It caused me to feel sad for the cross in this case, feeling sorry for the dreamer and the cross. Yet another example of alliteration can be found when Jesus is being nailed to the cross. The tree describes as the men make “marks of malice”, piercing through him (47). The alliteration here is an indication of the pain. I could almost hear the nails piercing through the wood as I read through that part. Using alliteration in this poem gives it the right rhythm. In important scenes, there are often more uses of alliteration which tend to draw your attention to them, such as the nailing of the cross and the burial and…show more content…
The tone of the author in this poem changes throughout the events that occur in the poem. For instance, when Jesus is being crucified, the author uses a lot of negative tone words, such as; mocked, malice, cruel, and dire. The use of these words communicates the sorrow and mourning of the scene in which the Lord is suffering and dying upon the cross. It also indicates the humiliation of both Jesus and the cross during this part of the poem. Later on, the cross is exalted and the tone changes becoming more positive. Some of the positive tone words include; exalted, glory, and might. This is showing how the cross went from humiliation to glory throughout the course of events. The author is trying to convey the sense of something heavenly and joyous with the positive tone towards the end that causes you to want to tell others about what you have read about.When reading the poem, I could feel the emotions that the author meant for the audience to feel. During the crucifixion and burial scenes, I felt great sorrow as the death was described in detail along with the darkness and storm clouds that were
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