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In the Anglo-Saxon literature the scop has a privilege of retaining history culture and social values of that society In many cases the scop exercises the power to create stories which reflect the values of that society The Rood in the The Dream of the Rood also tells a story of which affects its society and people The existence of this witness that reports the suffering and the glorification of Christ proves necessary for the people to believe The Rood becomes a hero that preserves an event that proves crucial to the society As the Rood observes the suffering of Christ it also shares with him the pains of crucifixion In other words the Rood takes part in Christs crucifixion which pertains to the salvation of the souls Although the Rood declares its god-like qualities along with Christ theres a distinction between Christ and the Rood Therefore the Rood appears as a metonymic figure which represents the Christs suffering but it does not represent Christ In fact the Rood assumes the role of Christ as it demands people to worship it In this poem the Rood appears as an Anglo-Saxon hero However the Rood fails to share the Christian beliefs when it declares the entity of God along with Christ Although Christ and the Rood shared the innocent suffering together this does not provide an adequate explanation for the Rood to become a replacement of Christ Indeed the Rood appears as a hero in the Anglo-Saxon society for it reflects the values of many figures that suffer with their Lord The Rood shares the suffering endured by Christ It does not regret its pains but sympathizes with Christ as it brings unto itself the hostilities directed at Christ Thus it states how they mocked at us bothThe Rood 51 Suffering with the members of the community proves important to a hero in the Anglo-Saxon literature In The Battle of Maldon a band of warriors
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