From the Kamakura Period of the late twelfth century to the Meiji Restoration in the nineteenth century, the samurai have held prominent positions as noble warriors in Japanese society. They have come to be famous in modern, Western pop culture as the fierce, stoic guards of feudal Japan, but their practices and rituals extended beyond wielding katanas and donning impressive armor. Samurai practices were rich and complex, with strict codes, ritual suicide, and a history of influencing culture and politics (“Samurai”). Samurai code was influenced by traditional Japanese culture, Zen Buddhism, and Confucianism. Bushido, or “Way of the Warrior,” was the code of conduct the samurai class were expected to uphold.
Their job was to protect Japanese including the Emperor. To control the land they were paid by the Daimyo. The samurai also swore an oath (to his loyalty) to the Daimyo. Regularly, the samurais must collect taxes and run the land. The samurais have a code called Bushido.
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 Tokugawa period the Shogun was a title granted to the country’s top military commander. They gradually became more powerful than the emperor and took control of the government and they imposed a strict caste system and controlled many of the other castes. To a large extent the rule of the shoguns shaped Japanese society and daily life through their rigid values, expectations of behaviour from others and the amount of power they held during that time. The Shoguns commanded and army of Samurai(Bushi).
Both these stories talk about courage and heroism as a necessity, multiple times. The way they celebrate heroism, makes me recall the story “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”; and how in Arthurian times it was better to die in battle then to survive as a coward. Both stories clearly share the same ideas when it comes to courage and heroism. Somehow I think that the ideology is related to the fact that both stories are about soldiers and that soldiers should always fight until their dying breath, because that's what it is to be a
This shows Beowulf is brave not only in the sense that he is willing to let his own men die, but he is willing to wait for all his men to die to fight Grendel himself instead of taking on Grendel with the help of his men. In addition Beowulf shows cunning in battle by not giving up and having the determination to do what needs to be done, which does go hand in hand with bravery. In the Illiad Achilles shows bravery by refusing to make a pact with Hector.
To demonstrate, in the genesis of the siege of Arras, Cyrano communicates to his fellow officers his sentiment pertaining death: “I hope that when death comes to me it will find me fighting for a good cause and making a clever remark! I want to be struck down by the only noble weapon, the sword, wielded by an adversary worthy of me, and to die not in a sickbed but on the field of glory, with sharp steel in my heart and a flash of wit on my lips” (Cyrano. IV. 2. 148). The personification of “death coming to Cyrano” serves the purpose of illustrating how tranquil and facile, Cyrano perceives death to be.
Bow and arrow, and 4. Armor A katana was a long curved sword made by a master craftsman and was carried by the samurai . The samurai’s primary weapon was a katana of self-dispense.
In the fight with Grendel’s mother, the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf culture values physical strength above all else. During the fight with grendel 's mother, Beowulf was giving a sword that was suppose to protect him from the wrath of the beast but the sword had failed him. However, that could not stop him. To Beowulf, “If weapons were useless he’d use his hands” (506-507). This shows Beowulf 's strength and want for frame and glory empowered him.
Moreover, this battle strategy was probably the fairest strategy all together. The other strategy they used was a siege battle. Furthermore, this often meant that the opposite team would seal of the enemy building, for example a castle. When they did, they made the people inside the buildings to surrender.
Many people always wonder who would win in a one on one battle. A samurai or a knight? Although many people support the samurai’s side, I support the knight side for various reasons. While knights and samurai have many similarities, in a one on one battle, the advantage would go to the knights and this can be seen through weapons, armor, and training. The most significant way a knight has an advantage is through armor.
Some other jobs a squire would partake include guarding prisoners and ensuring an honorable burial for a deceased knight. A knight would often take his squire into the battlefield to prove his worth and skills. Once he proved his loyalty and skill in battle, he would partake in the dubbing or knighting ceremony by a lord that made him a
To enhance their military power, they would hire these Bushi warriors because of their abilities to protect and serve the lords who had hired them. Bushi Warriors were a very dedicated group of individuals. True Bushi warriors, If commanded, were expected to take their own life without the slightest hint of hesitation. Any form of disgrace whether it being a coward, or dishonor, or even defeat that would damage the reputation of their lord would be enough of a reason to commit suicide by seppuku. Seppuku is a punishment done by stabbing yourself in the stomach and cutting left to right.
In document D, written by Terry Bennett, it states that knights wore complete suits of metal armor on their whole body. This supports my claim because armor decided the outcome of most of the battles in the middle ages, and they could reflect the blade from the samurai. Another piece of evidence that supports the claim is in document D written by Terry Bennett, it says that they made Samurai wear more armor due to their extra advantage of sharp armor so they could pounce their enemies. Shortly Thereafter, The second way that Knights would have an advantage in battle is that they trained being a knight at such a young age.
Samurai vs. Knight Slash! Cling! Oww! The battle was over… the knight was down and the saumurai stood victorious. Many argue between the knights and samurai differences and similarities.