Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Virgin Spring Reaction

It appears that one of the themes of the movie is the conflict between Norse mythology and Christianity. The family is Christian and Ingeri follows Norse mythology. I think that this difference in religion helps to show what Sweden was like during the conversion to Christianity. From what I have read and heard, it was almost like one day Sweden wasn't Christian and the next day Christianity was the official religion. So, some Swedes converted right away and other Swedes had no idea Christianity existed. The two religions both remained side by side for many years after the official conversion.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't even think about a Christianity vs. Norse mythology theme in the movie! That makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. From the movie so far, though, I would think that the author did not approve of all the values of Christianity. Here's why:
    1. Ingeri prays to Odin and her wish comes true (the rape/killing of Karin)
    2. Ingeri's mother's prayers do not save her from her fate.
    3. Ingeri is raped/murdered on her way to Church, and never makes it there (possibly symbolic of the failure of Christianity to completely wipe out belief in Norse mythology)