Here, Wiglaf proves himself the better man because he has honor while the others, who willingly abandoned their King in battle, clearly do not. Lastly, Beowulf and Wiglaf both show outstanding loyalty throughout the piece. All of Beowulf’s actions are clearly motivated by loyalty, starting with his decision to help the Danes. Beowulf’s father once started a feud, which Hrothgar helped to end. Hrothgar recalls, “Ecgtheow acknowledged me with oaths of allegiance” (472).
The theme in these two short stories is heroism. “Speaking of Courage” encourages heroism, and valiant acts, because it leads to the aggressive fighting the U.S. soldiers display in the war; “Notes” on the other hand, also encourages heroism, but it does so through a sick and twisted manner, because if you do not act accordingly to heroism, there is no real reason to live, which in turn encourages suicide. In the chapter “Speaking of Courage” heroism is described as a necessity and even maybe as a way of life. Throughout the chapter the character Norman Bowker talks about how he had almost won the silver star of valor. He tells the reader how he had failed himself because he had not endured enough, and he had not been brave enough to continue to give an extra effort to earn that star.
The Lord knew that he could do it, but Beowulf wanted to show him so he could prove himself. To be a hero you must be unselfish. At the end of this epic poem Beowulf shows how unselfish he is. “to the everlasting Lord of all, the king of Glory, I give thanks that I be had this treasure here in front of me, that I have been thus allowed to leave my people so well endowed on the day I die..” (411-415). In the quote, Beowulf is talking to his lord.
In the children’s book, the story displays two themes that are well represented in the book. The first theme is good warriors and good king. The story depicts how Beowulf possess the qualities of loyalty, honesty, and integrity that motivate him into a wise and respectable leader. For example, when Beowulf was fighting Grendel, his men “swords raised and ready, determined to protect their prince if they could.” The book also depicts another example through Wiglaf’s action. Even though Beowulf comrades abandoned him, Wiglaf was the only warrior “stood there, miserable, remembering, as a good man must, what kinship should mean.” This portrays the loyalty that Beowulf’s men committed to him because of Beowulf character integrity.
Beowulf is characterized as an epic hero because of his glorious legacy. This epic hero was in constant danger from evil but always defeated it. He also had a moral code that separated him from mere mortals. The epic hero portrayed many traits that made him great. Although he died in battle, Beowulf’s leadership, bravery, and sense of morality made him an epic hero among men.
Beowulf is an epic poem which sings of the heroic conquests of one legendary hero. It calls its hearers to the heroic life, but holds out no false hopes for a “happily ever after,” an ending exemplified in the Odyssey, another epic poem. In opposition to it, Beowulf shows that wyrd will have its way and all must die when it is time. However although no man can defeat fate and escape death itself, personified in three monstrous enemies, Beowulf faces the physical, moral, and metaphysical evils. After those hard fought battles, Beowulf ends with accepting his victories as well as his inevitable death.
He knew what it meant for his homeland, they had lost a great and merciful king. This shows that Macduff is extremely loyal to his homeland and realizes when a good man has been lost. When all the other noblemen were rushing to find a new king and rush Macbeth into kingship, Macduff was the only one to question about what truly happened. While
King Duncan says, “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won”. This shows he is brave because, due to his valiant efforts and bravery in the war, the King believed this was enough to bestow the title Thane of Cawdor upon him. Furthermore this shows that King Duncan believes it was him alone that won the war for Scotland. Macbeth is also shown as kind when Lady Macbeth says “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness” this tells me personally that Lady Macbeth thinks that he is so kind that it is actually a handicap for him, in the sense that because Lady Macbeth wants him to kill the King she believes that his kindness will prevent him from doing such a devious act to acquire power. This could also be a metaphor for the level of his kindness, you could say that the only way to
So the warrior would have to do something that would let his memory be passed on. This society was based on the qualities of courage, being amicable, and the biggest quality of all was loyalty.Even though, for the last battle of Beowulf the all left him alone with the monster except for Wiglaf. He is a very brave man but has flaws and temptations that become his downfall. Although, he was adulated by everyone for killing the monster, he knew that he was a bad king to his kingdom and wanted to make up for it by killing getting the treasure and giving it to the kingdom. In Beowulf, there were similarities and differences between the humanity
The Dishonoring Warrior Beowulf ‘s prologue begins with a funeral for an old king to which the Danes community presents “no fewer gifts [of]/…battle-weapons and [sic] war-gear, / blades and byrines” as tribute to “support him—[for his] praiseworthy deeds” (Beowulf, 24-44). It can be seen throughout the poem that material items do not only have symbolic value, but also an ancestral reputation within the community since the spear-Danes believed “a young man [should] bring about good/ with pious gifts from his father’s possessions” (Beowulf, 20-1). In other words, one should honor the handed down gifts, as they tend to hold family stature. Although Beowulf, the barbarian, gathers war instruments such as the swords of Healfdene, Unferth, Giants,
He had thought of a fine revenge upon the officer who had referred to him and his fellows as mule drivers” (192). Henry’s intense desire for revenge is a moral flaw, but Crane leaves hope for Henry as he does not act on his hatred for the officer (192). Henry Fleming finally finds inner peace, and courage wins the war in his heart. Crane writes, “Yet the youth smiled, for he saw that the world was a world for him, though many discovered it to be made of oaths and walking sticks. He had rid himself of the red sickness of , battle” (232).