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The story of Christs crucifixion is one of the most important and well known stories of the Bible It has been told through many different perspectives but none more unique then the one shared in The Dream of the Rood Told through the view of the cross The Dream of the Rood is based on the story of the crucifixion However when compared to original account told in the Lords book striking changes are apparent The most striking of these changes are not what was altered but what was left out By omitting and altering certain passages from the original story the author of The Dream of the Rood creates a more heroic and warrior like Christ figureThe Dream of the Rood begins with a dreamer recollecting a dream where in the sacred cross that Jesus was crucified tells of the days events through his perspective The Roods story begins with his recollection of being taken from his stump and hewed into a crucifix He is then carried by multiple men to the cite of the crucifixions This is the first apparent difference in the stories The bearer of the cross is an important detail which is different not only in The Dream of the Rood but in the Bible itself In most of the versions told in the Lords gospel the cross is carried by a man named Simon however in the book John Jesus himself is forced to bear the weight So the soldiers took charge of Jesus Carrying is own cross John 19 The difference between these versions although slight is critical the reason deals with the image each paints The Roods versions paints a picture of a enormous cross which must be carried by multiple persons this gives the proceedings a grander overtone Where as the versions told in the bible amplifies the wickedness of Christs persecutors either by making a passer by or Christ himself carry the burdenOne of the
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