A silent savior: the inapproachability of Christ in the Dream of the rood

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A silent savior: the inapproachability of Christ in the Dream of the rood

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dc.contributor.advisor Kramer, Johanna Ingrid en_US
dc.contributor.author Richardson, Rebecca M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-23T18:06:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-23T18:06:46Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Spring en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/6679
dc.description Title from Graduate School website. en_US
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on September 22, 2008) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English. en_US
dc.description.abstract The Dream of the Rood is celebrated as one of the most beautiful poems in the Old English corpus, mostly due to its blending of Christian and Germanic heroic traditions. In this dream vision, the cross as Christ's retainer reveals to the dreamer Christ's brave battle during the Crucifixion. The result of this portrayal is one of duality on several levels: Christ as Germanic hero and Christian Savior, the cross as retainer and lord. These dualities function together to deliver a message of salvation to the Anglo-Saxon community. However, the way in which this spiritual message is brought to the Anglo-Saxon audience holds importance for the temporal, historical, and human-governed institution of the church. Though many scholars acknowledge Christ's portrayal in The Dream as that of a Germanic warrior, few have addressed the relevance of his silence. As both a warrior and the Christian Savior, Christ should be the one to deliver his message of conquest over sin and death, offering saving Grace. However, it is the cross which appears and addresses the dreamer, becoming the mode of salvation. It is the purpose of this thesis to evaluate the importance of Christ's silence and offer an alternative reading to The Dream of the Rood, which does not focus on the balance of the Germanic and Christian traditions but explores the possibility of the Christian church utilizing traditional framework to assert their importance as an intercessor on man's behalf, especially in its role as vocal educator and interpreter of God's message. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ Crucifixion Poetry en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dream of the rood en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Christian poetry, English (Old) en_US
dc.title A silent savior: the inapproachability of Christ in the Dream of the rood en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline English en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b64858844 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 255604809 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theses


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