Scout and Jem developed rich personal integrity through acting courageously and witnessing such acts. Atticus’s integrity was nurtured through his continued acts of courage. Harper Lee uses these characters to display the idea that courage can help create, foster, and shape personal integrity. “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.” ~Lillian Hellman.
By definition loyal friends are, “faithful to those persons ideals” and are, “under obligation to defend, support, or be true to,” each other (Webster’s, pg. 802). Although the definitions of loyalty, as well as its connotations, scream commitment loyalty actually exists in many degrees. Loyalty can be seen as the pinnacle of the friendship in which case you would be willing to risk life and limb for that person. Or at the opposite end of the spectrum loyalty may not be taken seriously at all.
Josiah Royce is the author of The Philosophy of Loyalty and with in his book he talks about the fundamentals and importance of loyalty and conscience. Royce starts off by saying that loyalty is a belief and ideal. In order for one to find their loyalty they have to be able to choose what they are loyal to. People cannot impose loyalty onto someone. “A man is loyal but first, he has some cause to which he is loyal; when, secondly, he willingly and thoroughly devotes himself to this cause; and when, thirdly, he expresses his devotion in some sustained and practical way, by acting steadily in the service of his cause” (Royce 17).
Both men demonstrated moral courage even though their positions on the issue of social justice were polar opposites. Moral courage can be found anywhere and be demonstrated by anyone regardless of their views. Moral courage is the act of upholding your beliefs and views, even if people think they are wrong. According to dictionary.com, these morals are, “of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical.” Individuals’ morals, however, depend on their view of the world and their outlook on events. Anyone can demonstrate moral courage as long as they truly support their views with consistent actions, and they steadfast to them.
The connotations and the implications of several of the quotes within The Fountainhead accurately depict the essence of objectivism, as a way to live one’s life properly. They also encourage the opposition of convention through the telling of events that the novels main character, Howard Roark, goes through. Howard Roark is a man who blazes his own path and listens only to himself. He feels success comes to those who achieve complete and utter independence from the world’s traditional principles. Howard also cares nothing of other’s opinions of himself.
However, he remained resolute and continued with the decision he had made while under the comfort of that “shelter.” This is in stark contrast to other characters in the play, namely Will Roper, who would shift faiths based on high-minded ideals, each time convinced of his own righteousness. Bolt seems to imply, through his “tragic” hero, that one cannot comprehend all that is good and moral in the world — much less condense it into something “orderly” and “ideal” — and thus, should concentrate on oneself and one’s place in society.
To me a hero has to have a few selected qualities, and I haven't met anyone who can fulfill all three. First, a hero must be good at heart. A hero has to know how to give and take accordingly. When he/she is needed to make a great sacrifice to help the community, their closest friends, or even their greatest enemies, they need to know that it is okay to make that sacrifice and know they did the right thing. That person also needs to go out and make a difference in their community and not need any more motivation than the good feeling they feel when they've made a positive impact on the few people they met with and helped.
Although he may not be portrayed as the most powerful character, I feel that his love for his family and pride in his home are what really matters. He only fights to protect his own home and the innocent civilians that live in Troy. He shows many flaws in the tale, but he also shows great forgiveness and maturity. All of these noble qualities are what I believe to be the true definition of a hero. Not huge muscles or a great charming smile, but standing up for the ones you love and standing your ground.
The quote is describing Beowulf?s reason for arriving on new land. The generous love that Beowulf has for others is an important attribute that features his heroism. He must care for others to be able to protect them. Beowulf did not have to offer Hrothgar?s kingdom help, but did so out of his own courtesy in protecting and fighting for others as well as himself. One of Beowulf?s main qualities is his strength.