Brynhild Symbolism

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Furthermore, the association of sorcery with Brynhild, which is considered as a feminine art is used to convey her feminine side. She foretell Sigurd’s downfall and that she can’t marry Sigurd. She provided Sigurd with much sound advice for instance, “watch out for trickery from your friends. And I can’t foresee much of your life if the hatred of your wife’s kinsmen does not fall upon you” (Finch, 40). Brynhild’s capabilities resemble that of a sorcerer with her ability to foretell Sigurd’s downfall and their unlikely marriage union. This association of sorcery demonstrate her effeminate side. This correlation of sorcery implies that despite her passion to be a hero, Brynhild is still considered a female that does not possess masculine qualities.…show more content…
In contrast, Sigurd is regard as a hero despite his supernatural strength and his ability to understand birds.Thus, this demonstrates an inclination to acknowledge men as heroes over their female counterparts. Whereas Brynhild, the only heroic heroine, yet the development of her monstrous portrayal. “It’s monstrous not to love such a king…It seems to me that his love should mean more to you than gold” (Finch, 55). The reference to her love with gold highly resembles a dragon. Even her rage closely resembles that of a dragon. “You’ll pay for having Sigurd… I grudge your enjoyment of him, and of all the gold” (Finch, 51). Her rage glows and her tendency for vengeance is similar to that passion of the dragon guarding her gold. When Brynhild is under a spell that caused her to “slept for seven days and no one has dared to wake her… [Gave] her gold and so [mollified] her anger” (Finch, 54). She even possessed the main aspect of a dragon, which is dragon’s love for gold and gold is the only thing that can pacify her rage, similar to that of a dragon. At the end, she is finally depicted as “a monster and very likely a doomed woman” (Finch,

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