He also tells him the one of Christian philosophy:”… that wealth, accumulated through the grace of God, must be shared unselfishly.” This is used to remind Beowulf of himself, and his pride. Throughout the story, at times he shows too much pride and forgets about God. Through the story Beowulf acknowledges God as his protector. When Beowulf compares his battle with Grendel 's mother, he states that, "The fight would
Virgil does give Aenea’s human characteristics and flaws, this allowed us to view him as more than a symbolic figure. For example, Aeneas demonstrates his human emotions, when he sees the panels in Juno 's temple portraying scenes from the Trojan War, the murals made his eyes tear while feeling a deep empathetic connection towards his soldiers who died at war. Earlier in Book I, he spoke to his countrymen before their feast on shore, he described himself as “burdened and sick at heart." Putting aside his emotions, his focus toward his duty as the Trojan leader didn’t permit him to show insecurity. The deceitful invasion of Troy by the Greeks in Book II, was presented to us by Aenea’s saddened narrative of the incident.
Throughout the epic, violence is evident in the actions and the decision making of the characters in order to obtain peace. The battles and suicides throughout the story are prevalent and gruesome, while moments of peace are minor and fleeting. The characters, whether man or god, result to violence as a primary way to manage their problems. Aeneas is strong, heroic, and seems calm; however, he does not receive true peace and calmness until he has killed his enemy, Turnus, to end the battle and avenge his friend, Pallas. Nonetheless, Aeneas is a noble character who overcomes bad odds and embodies Roman ideals, including violence.
The Odyssey and The Outliers portray that perseverance is essential to living a happy and successful life because conflicts are overcome and dreams are followed. Some will argue that overcoming conflicts does not take perseverance; However, in The Odyssey, after Odysseus and his men defeat the cyclops, Odysseus gives his men a pep talk to help encourage and inspire them. When Odysseus says, [“by courage, council and intelligence, we escape away”](210-211). He is reminding his men that they persevered through the trials they faced against the cyclops. He reminds them of how their devotedness and dedication got them through the worse.
In Christian culture and even American culture, duty is not thought of as highly as it was in ancient Rome. This idealization of duty arose from the Roman hero, Aeneas. Aeneas’ deep passion and loyalty to serve the gods is perfectly described in the Latin term pietas, which, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica is the “personification of a respectful and faithful attachment to gods, country, and relatives” (jflsjdf). Aeneas epitomized this quality as the ideal Roman. Aeneas’s devotion to the gods is especially evident in his constant longing to fulfill the gods’ fate for him to found Rome.
During a plague, they pleaded with him to help them during the troubled time because “in their stories, the people testify/ how, with gods’ help, [he] gave [them] back [their] lives” (45). The people’s pleading shows their view of the favor of the gods and what it means to be a leader.
Through this story, “What’s Inside”, Danny shows us that he should have connected to family and not his peers. Like the narrator showed us that life’s most precious thing is family. This is because he knows family comes first no matter what. - Like the author shows us when he saved Danny from a near death experience. He knew he couldn’t live on knowing he let two boxes decide his life for him.
Goodness and nobility is determined by an individual’s morality and their willingness to follow a virtuous path in their life. It is also determined by the ability of an individual to acknowledge their shortcomings and become more self-aware. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a good man as he showcases righteous morals and principles. This is shown, as he ends his affair with Abigail, protects his wife and his friends’ wives, and dies to preserve his integrity and honour. First, John Proctor shows his goodness, by refusing the physical advances of Abigail, who wishes to continue their love affair.
Comparison of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Daodejing, and the Book of Genesis In a comparison of the mercy shown to characters within these religious/philosophical texts, mercy is viewed as a virtue for the man of antiquity. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Arjuna, upon seeing his relatives and friends coming against him in war, has pity on them and throws down his bow and quiver of arrows (pp. 1285-86, ll. 26-29). This is done despite his duty, as a soldier, to fight against them (p. 1285, l. 22).
Brutus’ emotional wound ultimately deals with his internal conflict of the decision to kill Caesar in order to better Rome. In addition, he deals with such difficulty over the decision since his reasoning to kill Caesar does not come out of hatred or jealousy, but due to his fear of life under Caesar’s rule. In Act I, scene ii, lines 39-40, Brutus says, “Merely upon myself. Vexéd I am / Of late passions of some difference” (Shakespeare 848). This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him.
It stands to reason that if Virgil was using Cleopatra as a functional model for Dido, a similar duality should exist for Aeneas. It is undeniable that Virgil’s characterisation of Aeneas lends him to represent the prototypical Roman male in his stoicism and pietas, his duty to his country (McMaster, 2011). In book four, Aeneas is content to live at wasteful leisure in African lands until a message from Cyllenian Mercury spurs him to action (Vigil Book IV: 250-283). Mercury, messenger of the Roman gods, tells Aeneas not to forget his destiny, nor the other kingdom which is to be yours, a reference to the foundation of Rome. Here, Aeneas represents a good Roman, and Dido the temptress whose role it is to divert to Africa those who were meant by Destiny to hold rule in Italy (Benjamin, 2013).