How does the relationship between the nattu‘al world and humanity in The Dream of the Rood relate to that envisioned in The Wanderer?
l. ” In a full and responsible accormt of literary history, we can only argue that
Bede, in his church history, represents the forces of tradition, while Caedmon
stands for the contrary forces of innovation.” Develop an argiunent that
disagrees with this claim.
2. How does the relationship between the nattu‘al world and humanity in The
Dream of the Rood relate to that envisioned in The Wanderer?
3. Dreams play an important role in the Old English texts we read. Compare the
ways in which dreams are represented, experienced, and valued in two of those
Yoru’ essay should consist of an original, complete, well-presented and well-
supported argiunent. Focus yoru‘ thesis according to what you find after studying the
texts in light of yoru‘ chosen topic. You will not be able to say everything related to the
topic in so few words, so narrow yoru‘ focus. Isolate the most interesting aspect of what
you discover and make a strong case for it.
Ensru‘e that yoru‘ argument lets you consider not just content but form. That is,
you must consider how the texts structtu‘e the representation of the content. Remember
that, in every case, these texts are in translation, so the exact choices of words and their
order Sdiction and syntax) are not those of the orig 1als; shape yoiu‘ claims accordingly.