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How Women are portrayed in The Nibelungenlied When you begin reading The Nibelungenlied the first chapter is about the main woman character Unlike the other stories weve read the women usually arent introduced until the important men are or after the men fight Kriemhild is introduced as a beautiful maiden that all nobles desired p 17 The author could not however go beyond Kriemhilds beauty No matter what they were talking about in the book Kriemhild always had a word describing her beauty when she was being referred to Her beauty was known throughout the kingdoms surrounding Burgundy and she seemed to be the only reason knights and nobles traveled there At least thats how it was for Sigfried p 23 Unfortunately Kriemhilds brothers took full advantage of her flawless beauty They knew they could use her to receive almost anything they wanted In an example where Kriemhild didnt quite mind as much Sigfried had to fight and conquer Brunhild for Gunther in order to have Kriemhilds hand in marriage pp 67-68 Kriemhild was merely an object to the men She seemed to only be seen for her beauty her feelings were never taken into consideration until after she had suffered You are able to see this is true when she has the fight with Brunhild pp 111-112 Although both husbands are loyal to their wives Gunther is not very loyal to his sister Instead of letting things settle themselves he shows his weakness as a king by letting Hagen score revenge on Sigfried and Kriemhild Sigfrieds murder and Gunthers involvement eventually will help Kriemhild get past family ties to seek her own revenge p 140 Kriemhilds brothers Gernot and Giselher were the only two that really seemed to care about how Kriemhild felt When King Etzel sent for Kriemhild to be his wife Gernot and Giselher were the ones that told her she should marry him They said that she had
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