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Departure in The Dream of the Rood The crucifixion of Christ is handled differently inside the bodies of Old English and Middle English literature. The values of each era's society are superimposed on the descriptions of this sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Christ is depicted either as the version of the hero, widespread in Western literature, or even because the embodiment of passion and love, as seen in Showings by Julian of Norwich. Old English literature determines the components of the epic poem, in which its culture ascribed. A man must live, or die, with his honor. At The Dream of the Rood the crucifixion of Christ is portrayed as the ultimate sign of heroism, as all humankind bewailed Christ's death and ready a gilt cross for him. "This was surely no felon's gallows, however, sacred spirits beheld it there, men in the world, and all this glorious creation. Beautiful was the triumph-tree, and I stained with sins, hurt with wrongdoings. I found the tree of glory glow beautifully, adorned with garments, decked with gold, stone had worthily covered Christ's tree." (Norton Anthology of English Literature, Sixth Ed., p. 19) Christ is not left as a type of pathos. Christ is identified with another glorious warriors of Anglo-Saxon occasions, including Beowulf, in this representation of this cross. It was convention during the Anglo-Saxon time to spoil the honored passing together with each of the adornments of wealth that they had obtained from the darkened life. The Dream of the Rood treats the death of Christ because the culmination of His glory. As the Rood itself speaks, "Disclose along with your words that it is the tree of glory on which Almighty God endured for mankind's many sins and the deeds of Adam did of age. He tasted death there; yet the Lor...