Odysseus hears from the mouths of his comrades, enemies, and family the significance of family over honor and wealth in battle. It is by his journey to Hades that Odysseus’ warrior mentality begins to “die” and his domestic mindset begins to take root once again . The further along in their adventures they go the more Odysseus’ men lose their trust towards their leader. Challenging his words and directly going against his warnings as seen in the cases when his men open the bag of winds gifted by Aeolus, master of the winds, and later when they eat the sacred cows of Helios. It is by Odysseus’ and his men’s arrogance and warrior drive that Odysseus loses more and more men till it is just him left.
When Macbeth was thinking about Duncan as a king, he realized: “Besides, this Duncan/ Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been/ So clear in his great office, that his virtues/ Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against/ The deep damnation of his taking-off.” (1.7.16-19) This quote stated his concerns of how he will be treated by people after the murder. He is battling his ambition with his morals. After Macbeth murdered Duncan and drove away the two princes. He felt no happiness or tranquility. He lived the rest of his life in nightmares and fears which denounced his actions.
The soldier hates the war, he says “I died in hell”, this implies that the honorable death that the young men believed in, was actually an inglorious death for an empty cause. All the soldiers received in return for their lives was a gilded name on a memorial tablet, where people probably wont even see it. He felt that the squire didn 't appreciate how much he risked for his country, for the people he loved, for the squire himself, "Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire: I suffered anguish that he 's never guessed". The words ‘suffered’ and ‘anguish ' shows the soldiers’ emotional feeling towards the war, it shows how angry and sad he feels about what is happening and that he has been through a lot. The squire stays safe at home and did not go to war; there is an implication that he was fully aware of the danger, “I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed”, this shows that the Squire has never felt anything like this before but he knows that the soldiers feel it.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
In the last stanza, the speaker describes throwing the dead man on a wagon and he explains how it isn’t sweet or glorious to die for your country. Owens experienced the shooting, the gas, and the death. He was there, throwing a dead man on a wagon after being killed with mustard gas. He paints the picture of weak and tired soldiers who defy the stereotypes of a man at war. While a soldier is usually thought to be buff, tall standing, men who are proud to serve their country, instead he brings attention to the reality of the soldiers who don't feel proud to serve their country because of the hardships they go through and the extremely painful death they experience.
Beowulf is described as: “Dripped with his enemies blood”. Iron Man has a lot of courage because he defends his country without any obligations. Iron Man said: “I still love my country, Nick and I fight for it… in my own way” (Iron Man). He fights with his intelligence, not his muscles. They are considered as heroes because they are so courageous.
However, the prince continued to be honest and truthful throughout his adventure well into becoming king, even though it would get him into trouble. In the story of The Prince and the Pauper, the prince lived a mostly immoral life as a prideful, self-centered, but honest person until his conversion to leading a moral life as a venerable King. Throughout the story, Edward changes over time from a prideful prince to a humble venerable king. Correspondingly, in the beginning, when the prince has problems with the Christ’s Hospital boys mocking him, he would attempt to resolve it with a prideful royal edict. Furthermore, when he learned of his father 's death the former king, he immediately fills with pride from the thought “how grand and strange it seems – I AM KING!” Conversely, when the new venerable king finds acceptance in the home of a good wife, he humbles himself to the family level while eating breakfast, instead of being imperious requiring her family
Beowulf is the clear protagonist of the novel and an example of a “perfect” warrior from the middle ages. He has all the ideal traits that make him so distinguished and respected. An example of his loyalty was going to meat Hrothgar to fight the Grendel. He was not forced to do this but his father had an obligation to the king so Beowulf carried that forward. An example of honor is when he chooses t fight Grendel with no armor.
His loyalty shows when he tries to inspire his fellow warriors to help Beowulf. “I remember that time when mead was flowing, how we pledged our loyalty to our lord in the hall… now the day has come when this lord we serve needs sound men.” (Beowulf 764). Wiglaf’s willingness to give his life for another shines though when Beowulf attempts to kill a dragon but seems to be losing the fight. Wiglaf in an attempt to inspire his men exclaims “As God as my witness I would rather my body were robbed in the same burning blaze as my gold-giver’s body than go back home bearing arms.” (Beowulf
He says in the play that, “Seize upon fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and unfortunate souls.” (4.1.173-174) this is shown as cowardly. Not only because he doesn’t want to deal with the deed himself, but also because he goes so far as to slaying helpless people that he does not have to kill because of superstitions. Even though Okwonkwo seems more heroic than Macbeth, they’re still both considered heroes. In some ways these heroes are similar though. For instance, both characters have pride in themselves.