Hotspur and Falstaff are two different characters completely, one is a son of a nobleman and the other is a thief. Hotspur is committed to honor, and to him honor is something to seek out, to have and use. Honor, to Hotspur is something to be earned, not given away freely. Falstaff is a fat old man, a thief even though he is a close mentor of Prince Henry, and he does not see a fit meaning in honor. He does not think honor is something to seek, he does not believe it exists, and if it does it has a worthless pay off.
The tolerance to break this is accepted more or less among people, and their success makes other hard-working people in to believing the same. Although the official rules, kings and leaders, in this case Macbeth, can believe that dishonesty sometimes can be a tolerated method by helping themselves and the ones that surrounds them to success. Macbeth faces a hard time standing up to his very own decisions and listens to lady Macbeth that eventually makes him want to live up to her expectations. This destroys his personality quickly and gets very paranoid that makes him corrupt and disloyal. When Macbeth achieved the position as a king in such random matter and surprisingly for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the lack of preparations not just physically, but mentally has very big consequences.
This being said it seems that honour is the differentiating category in becoming an ideal man. The actions of the monsters, especially Grendel can be seen as hugely shameful in the aristocratic ideal of masculinity, but after his actions his mother still defends him. For this reason I do not think that the ideals of masculinity are the same for both the aristocratic society as for others. Although both sides struggle with these ideals, it is the aristocratic side that truly try to become that ideal of masculinity. The ideals of aristocratic masculinity mean for the men to be brave, loyal and honourable.
Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a very complex character. Throughout the story it is shown that a cowardly hobbit, slowly grows up and becomes the hero his friends need him to be. Bilbo Baggins is shown to be a hero, who is slowly being corrupted by the evil power of the ring. Throughout this novel it is because of the ring Bilbo is able to rise to the occasion and become the hero he was meant to be, but the power of the ring can corrupt even the purest of hearts.
Yes, a warrior conducting oneself in accordance to Anglo-Saxon ideals does produce a good king in the end. In Beowulf, many characters such as Wiglaf, Unferth, Grendel, and Beowulf display to the reader how if one is a proper warrior, he possesses the ability to govern as a fit king. While Grendel is by no means an Anglo-Saxon warrior, he serves as an excellent example of how conducting oneself in a violent, non-conforming way ultimately leads to a demise. In addition to Grendel, Unferth is by no means a proper warrior when analyzed next to Anglo-Saxon ideals, however he lies between Beowulf and Grendel where he possesses the ability to become a good warrior, in turn giving him kingship. Beowulf and Wiglaf show how good warriors will in the end produce good kings through their conduct and heroic actions performed in the poem.
Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
In the novel of “Of Mice and Men” power and friendship is the very bases of the story. There are many people with power in the book but I specifically was interested in Curley’s power. Curley is the son of the Ranch’s boss and he is very spoiled. He does not listen to rules and usually gets away with any trouble he makes or gets into. Therefore, he is powerful for the very reason that he is “untouchable.” He does not use the power for kindness but uses it to show who is best and in a bullying matter.
Bonzo Madrid is a supporting character in Ender’s Game, and commander of Salamander Army. He is described by Ender as tall, having slender lips, and beautiful black eyes. Bonzo has potential of being a good commander but lacks the ability to be a leader. He does not know how to unite his army, using threats and intimidation to earn his loyalty rather than respect. Bonzo hates Ender for being kinder and smarter than himself, letting his pride get in the way of situations.
I perceive Beowulf as a hero and the person who sets goals for all heroes today. Other people distinguish him as the substandard guy; they believe he is not courageous nor loyal. He is reflected as a rather arrogant person especially when he states he will fight Grendel. Beowulf says “I do not consider myself a lesser fighter than Grendel does himself; therefore I will not kill him with a sword, and deprive him of life in that way- though I surely could.” (page 20) Once he states that, he shows that he is extremely conceited. Beowulf not only says he is stronger than everyone else but that he can kill Grendel with or without a sword.
Berlitak does indeed think that even though there is such a problem in Sir Gawain’s honesty, it is unimportant considering Gawain’s concern for his own life. On the other hand, he analyzes himself for his own behavior of receiving the girdle from the woman and not returning. Evaluating Sir Gawain as the ideal warrior of the era, it would disagree according to many different perspectives. When the green knight abruptly appears, Gawain bravely, but recklessly, accepts the challenge against the knights of King Arthur. Sir Gawain, while courteous and noble, he may be too immature to go through with his many adventures.