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.
He won the battle not because of superior odds, but as a result of the speech that invigorated a true fighting spirit of his men. A peasant with nothing to live for and no will to fight will not perform nearly as well as a man filled with dignity and honor. King Henry made all of his comrades feel as though they weren’t anything, but dignified warriors. His speech was able to compose this great of an impact with his speech with reason that his words are backed up by his past actions. A marvelous king can rule righteously, a great king can also love and be loved by his
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.
“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.
Loyalty is what binds men to their beloved king. Loyalty is the lifeblood of hierarchy; without it all order and sense would be lost. The Odyssey illustrates this importance of dedication. As a once adored king returns home, devotion is put to the test. Through character interaction and symbolism loyalty becomes an overarching theme in The Odyssey.
When Kamehameha was crowned King, his land was torn to shreds for all of the wars that took place. So he got down on his hands and knees, and help his men put it back together (23). This was an example that changed after the unification. This was good because he was being a good role model, and showing that he is not a king that lets his men do everything for him, and that he loves to help. Kamehameha is an effective, strong, helpful, and wise leader.
The tale of Beowulf is one of the most established cases of what society sees as a hero. In spite of the fact that the story was composed in Anglo-Saxon circumstances, the accreditations one would require so to be considered by society a legend continue as before. The Anglo-Saxons believed that a hero was brave and bold, however modest and kind also. They likewise trusted that a legend was astute and noble, in which he would battle until death with a specific end goal to guard his people. Beowulf is portrayed as minding, humane, honorable, and understanding, which makes him appear as though he had each attribute of a genuine
(Raffel. 590-594) On the other hand, some people say, winning counts more. This point of view makes sense because they are the one with the victory. However, taking a stand counts more because you put in effort and you stood up for what you believed in and doing what you believe is truly right. Therefore, taking a stand counts more.
Because Half was from a noble family Ecgtheow could not pay the debt, known as a weregild, so Hrothgar decided to help him out by paying the debt for him and to bring back the peace between the Wulfings and Geats. We hear about this as Hrothgar says “ your father has brought about by fight the greatest of feuds, he became a man of a tribe as a man-slayer among the Wulfings,...., Thereupon I settled the feud with riches,..., they swore oaths to me” (Haney 26). Ecgtheow has yet to pay him back of this debt so Beowulf sees this as an opportunity to pay him back. This in some ways is a selfless act, but Beowulf ows Hrothgar that payment of debt since his father cannot do it.
“Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now.” pg. 156 Being able to not give up or shrink away from danger makes Odysseus an admirable, courageous hero. Furthermore, there were oher moments in which he and his men had to overcome grief from losing men and facing dangers in which they risked their lives. Once Odysseus makes it home and has revealed himself to Telemakhos, Telemakhos proves himself to his father that he is also worthy of being a hero; being courageous.
The concept of conversion in late antiquity and the early middle ages was highly persisting idea as pagan groups would convert to Christianity. However, while the religious ideals of these peoples changed, cultural pagan values and mythologies still remained and mixed with Christian communities as well. The Scandinavian text Beowulf as well as Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions both convey pagan elements in Christianity in form of classical philosophy and Norse legends. Moreover, these pagan characteristics signify that the ideas of religion and culture were two separate entities within conversion, and that one could retain cultural beliefs while still adopting Christian practices. Beowulf incorporates numerous Norse pagan ideals and values