Beowulf showed the characteristic of loyalty. To be loyal you have to be reliable and you have to be very trustful. Beowulf shows loyalty when he says,“ I sought out Hrothgar, first,came to him in his hall;/When Healfdane's famous son heard/That I’d come to challenge Grendel,he gave me/A seat of honor alongside his son”(Beowulf 322-24). This shows loyalty to Hrothgar because he came to him to tell him he will fight Grendel and kill him, and he wanted to do it alone because he did not want anyone getting hurt. He did it for the safety of his people, and he stayed true to his word and killed Grendel.
Henry holds a great significance concerning the lives of all of his men. He does not discriminate against them and believes that they all should hold certain privileges. When you’re a king of thousands of soldiers, it’s effortless to forget what a single life is worth. Henry never forgets that importance. Henry states “If we are mark'd to die, we are enough to do our country loss… I pray thee, wish not one man more… I would not lose so great an honor as one man more”.
“The strongest ties in Anglo-Saxon society were to kin and lord” (Ross). In addition, John Hill states that the major areas for Anglo-Saxon’ political reform are kinship ties and obligations, especially regarding the feud; the transferable nature of retainer loyalty. In Beowulf, Beowulf's loyalty and honor saved Dane and Hrothgar’s citizens from Grendel. Beowulf has no ulterior motives, he has no desire for the Danish throne; he simply wants to help Hrothgar and do what is right. When Beowulf gets victory from fight and brings Grendel’s arm, Beowulf does not become arrogant about his achievement.
The motivation for Beowulf’s actions is loyalty, starting with his choice to come to a new country. The article says, “Geatish warriors led by Beowulf arrives at the homeland of the Danes to rid that country of Grendel” (Loughman). Beowulf’s father possessed a loyal relationship with Hrothgar. Beowulf’s father once needed aid in a feud and Hrothgar came to his assistance. He would have never left his country if he was not compelled to do so on the behalf of their relationship to show he is loyal till the end.
However, after grappling with a the options, he makes his ultimate decision to participate. Years later, O’Brien reflects on his decision: “I survived the war, but it wasn’t a happy ending. I was a coward... I would go to war- I would kill and maybe die- because I was embarrassed not to” (O’Brien 59). A soldier typically feels honored and proud to fight for their country and value system.
He has true honor and respectfully distributes treasure and gifts to those whom he believes rightfully deserves them. Beowulf’s loyalty to the Danes helps shed light on his true character. He expresses that he believes he may die in battle between Grendel, but that does not dissuade him from fighting the beast. Another example is when Hygelac dies, Beowulf is asked to take the throne. In doing so, that would mean the the son of Hygelac would be stripped of his own inheritance, which is dishonorable in Beowulf’s eyes, and thus he declines the offer.
People in this world connect to stories with heroes and conflict between good and evil. Beowulf also shows examples of selflessness and, a noble man who makes a journey to save others from dangerous situation and gives his life to save his own people. Between those situations he shows his code of honor, when he was awarded a name that many wanted him to have, he turns it down because it belongs to another. Beowulf is a good role model, he sticks to his own morals rather than falling into peer pressure.Loyalty, honesty, family tie, and christianity play a key role in the epic poem. Despite the cultural and technological growth, life in modern America continues to show parallels to the Anglo-Saxon
I promised to stay loyal to him as long as he lived. When I was younger, I have always wanted to be a brave, noble warrior. My father is a Swede of the Wægmunding clan, the same clan Beowulf 's father belonged to, so I am Beowulf’s distant cousin. My father taught me how to become a true Viking warrior. Beowulf has always been my role model and I’ve always wanted to be exactly like him.
Such as, Beowulf requested that his armor be sent to his country if he were to die in his battle with Grendel. For example, “if death does take me, send the hammered Mail of armor to Higlac.” (186-187). By doing this he shows how prideful he is to belong to Denmark. Even though heroes today do not send their armor back to their leaders, modern heroes are still prideful in their homeland. For instance, when Beryle was captured by Germany in 1944, he never gave up information about America after being tortured.
God’s will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. King Henry shows with this quote that either way, win or lose, they do their country well. He also used this quote to show all the men that they shouldn’t be sad about the lack of men but instead happy because of the greater honor. This quote also shows the theme of brotherly love because of the idea of dying together like brothers would. King Henry speaks about the fact that he doesn’t even want one man more furthering his respect among his