Ancient Rome is recognized for strength in war and battles, so the ideal citizen would be strong and willing to fight. Hunt explains that in Rome “one man’s loss was another man’s gain” (177). The culture of Ancient Rome was aggressive, as the men were trained to fight and be devoted to their country. “Male elites had to be on guard to defend against and avenge any slights to their personal, family, and state honor” (Hunt 177). In The Aeneid, Virgil writes “Roman, remember by your strength to rule //
In the Illaid written by Homer, Achilles is the leader of the greek army and uses that army to his advantage. Achilles only fights with honor until he finds out about his friend that was killed. In the poem Achilles says “Hector had you thought that you could kill Patroclus and be safe?”(Homer 80). Achilles is basically telling Hector that he is going to get revenge on him for killing his beloved friend.
Beowulf might have served as a good moral story to the Anglo-Saxons, but when adapted to christian values, it contradicts itself. As an illustration, Beowulf was originally written to represent the perfect hero according to the Anglo-Saxons. This is evidenced since throughout the whole poem, Beowulf not once demonstrates a fault, and even at the moment of his death, he has not failed in his purpose, as he has defeated the dragon, has died a heroic death: (lines 2702-2711) “Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle.
The Odyssey is made up of archetypes such as the companions, the loyal sidekick, and the evil figure with the ultimately good heart. These archetypes play a big role in the story and influence what happens to Odysseus as he is traveling home after fighting in the Trojan War. The Odyssey is an example of how archetypes and typical themes were created in epic poetry, and are still used in literature
Macbeth’s integrity becomes undone in Act two, Scene two, consequently, the complete destruction of his honour is delivered in a killing blow in Act Five, Scene eight. Firstly, in Act one, Scene two, Macbeth beholds as a man of integrity; which displayed through the literary devices Shakespeare used to emphasise his nobility in battle. By first exploring the mayhem of combat utilising a metaphor, Shakespeare advances to express the fulsome bravery of Macbeth as a warrior to the King. “Doubtful it stood, as two spent swimmers that do cling together and choke their art,” (1.2.7-9).
To illustrate, the previous passages show a form of irony since it explains clearly that the opposing demons, the evil, cannot be harmed; however, Beowulf, the good, was able to cut off Grendel’s shoulder which lead to his death. In addition, the author used a tragedy to promote the theme even more. To enumerate, in “Beowulf attacks the Dragon”, it states the following, “They had killed the enemy, courage quelled his life; / that pair of kinsmen, partners in nobility, / had destroyed the foe. So every man should act, / be at hand when needed; but now, for the king, / this would be the last of his many labours / and triumphs in the world.” (2707-2712).
Macbeth saw an opportunity to better his life . Macbeth was so loyal to his country and the King that he was willing to put his life on the line to go fight in the battle, but thing change when he found out about the prophecies. In Macbeth Act, 1 scene 7 Shakespeare stated that” I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to the terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know. "(3).
Banquo, who had trusted Macbeth and promised to serve him forever, becomes suspicious and is killed by Macbeth’s hired murderers. His best friend’s betrayal of him is not the only backstab in the story. Another disloyalty happens with the “kings” death. Malcolm, the previous king’s eldest son, knew that the trust has been broken, so he and his brother flee to England in order to survive. So when Macduff goes to Malcolm and asks him to take his rightful place, Malcolm answers, “Boundless temperance in nature is a tyranny; it hath been Th’untimely emptying of the happy throne and the fall of many kings” (4.3.
After Odysseus reveals himself and they start fighting, Telemachus kills a suitor just to save his father. Odysseus loves his family and would fight till the death to save them. In “The Odyssey” written by Homer, it shows how much Odysseus cares about Penelope just to risk his life to be with her. In my essay you learned how I think Odysseus is loyal, trustworthy, strong-hearted, and a hero.
Oaths that are made by Knights are taken quite seriously and Knight’s will often die trying to fulfill them. “He would take his vengeance on this tyrant king” (Pg. 29). Theseus vows that he would avenge the women he witnessed crying over their husbands post mortem treatment. True to his word he raises an army and burns Thebes to the ground. “We must endure it, that’s the long and short” (Pg. 32).
Chivalrous: a word to describe a knight of courtesy, generosity, dexterity in arms, and honor of God and their people. Despite the knightly chivalry of the three men, Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, and Sir Gawain showed aspects that were not considered chivalrous such as kissing the lord's wife, being disloyal to God and not keeping promises. These three men of medieval literature show complexity of chivalry and honor along with instances of betrayal and mistakes. These men exemplify qualities of chivalry and their instances of non-chivalric behavior helped them in the end. Sir Lancelot is a character from the great stories of Medieval Romance who was advanced in fighting.
In medieval times, chivalry was something that many men lived up to. If a man lived up to the expectations of chivalry he was said to be loyal, brave and courageous. For some it was difficult to follow certain codes especially when it came to romance, an example: Sir Lancelot in the movie “First Knight.” Medieval romance was taken seriously during its time. Not only did men/knights have to follow rules and codes about war, but also about romance.
A Code of Conduct In the Medieval era, aristocrats considered knights the nobility in feudal society. Arthurian Knights are equipped with weapons and armor, while partaking in violence and bloodshed. As highly skilled fighting men, they hold power over other members of society. The only way to restrain a knight’s actions is through chivalry, or a code of conduct they have to follow. Without chivalry, Gawain, the “Prologue” knight and the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” knight would not have been able to call themselves knights.