Summary Of Valor In The Song Of Roland Oliver

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Throughout The Song of Roland Oliver and Roland prove themselves to be honorable and valorous Knights. Roland and Oliver are very different knights and have vastly different characteristics. The author comes right out and says, “Roland is valiant. Oliver is wise / Both are marvelously noble knights.” (p. 32) To be a marvelously noble Knight one needs to be honorable and as a knight honor is obtained by those who show outstanding valor. Thus, as a knight, valor means that one is honorable and noble. There are multiple ways that honor and valor are shown as a knight. Roland and Oliver show their valor and loyalty through their loyalty for kin, king, and country, through their hardship of battle, and eventually in their death.
Before the battle Oliver urges Roland to sound the Olifant. Oliver does not see winding the Olifant as a dishonorable thing to do. He wants to defeat the Saracens for his king and thinks that they would better do that with back-up. However, Roland does and so he does not blow it. “God forbid / A deed of mine bring shame upon my kin / And lovely France be shamed
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That seems to be the purpose and duty of a knight. If they are valiant and courageous and do not run away from a fight they will eventually die. So the goal is not death but is instead courage that never waivers, even in the face of death. “I’d rather die. Better be dead than shamed! / The harder we hit the greater love from Charlemagne.” (p. 32) By saying this Roland is saying that if they are not courageous they are shameful and that is a disgrace. There courage makes them fight harder. They are pretty sure that they will die but they still fight on because they cannot make the french seem week. Both Roland and Oliver die in battle and thus honor their families and their country in their passing, they also showed valor and courage in the battle leading up to their
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