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Violence in the Middle Ages With all of the violence on television one might wonder when and why the violence began Violence began with the dawn of time Violence began because the people had no other way to convey their messages to one another As time evolved the reasons for violence changed as well Violence was used for a purpose The violence in the literature of the Middle Ages stemmed from the cerebral culture of the time and from the strong dependence on religion In Beowulf the violence was used for a purpose The purpose was to show the people of England the story of the violent Viking culture and the problems that arose from violence The cerebral aspect of the Viking culture taught them to fight at an early age With this mentality Beowulf set out on his journey to other lands By leaving home Beowulf attempted to prove that he was worthy to his homeland While speaking to King Hrothgar he is informed that Hrothgar paid blood-money to end the feud At the time that Beowulf was told the religion of the day was paganism therefore anything that happened occurred because of something that was done to the gods When Beowulf was a child he and a friend Brecca swam in the North Sea with armor Later in his life Beowulf wonders if that day in the sea cost these people their serene culture He attempted to explain to Hrothgar that his purpose was to win the good will of you people or to die trying Geoffrey Chaucer used violence in many of the tales he wrote In the Prioresses Tale he used martyrdom as an outcry against violence In the story a child wanders the into a Jewish ghetto singing O Alma redemptoris The boy is thrown into a privy where these Jews purged their entrails Although the childs throat was cut to the neck bone his song never wavered
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