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A feminist approach

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"So the Helming woman [Wealhtheow] went on her rounds,
queenly and dignified, decked out in rings, offering the goblet to all ranks" (620-622).

What would a feminist interpretation of these lines be?

A

Because of her femininity, Wealhtheow is forced toserve the men at the feast.

B

Wealhtheow feels socially obligated to play the perfect hostess.

C

Though she has to serve the men, Wealhtheow should feel lucky that she even gets to attend the feast.

D

Wealhtheow acts as a mother figure and nurturer to all the men gathered at the feast.

E

Wealhtheow can assert her dominance by having the freedom to move about the room and interact with each man.