Leadership and Loyalty

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence” (Colin Powell). Striking the manifesting ideals of loyalty in English Literature reflects a strong sense of character in the tales of Beowulf, Hamlet, and King Arthur. Bound to the history of the medieval times, their loyalty to their people, church, and effect on modern day chivalry has made a large impact. The medieval times were always known for their concepts of knights, castles, the feudal system, and the chivalry that has been passed down through many generations that has created various stories. Throughout the period of medieval citizenship, a majority of the people had a high belief of loyalty to the common people. "A knight cannot relax; to keep honor and avoid shame, to be worthy of worship, he must constantly show his prowess and defend right causes" (McMahon). Derived from Le Morte D'Arthur, this has demonstrated the ways of the knight on their dedication to their kingdom and people. Where in the story Lancelot had shown his loyalty through fighting with him, and joining the round table, which led to a downfall in where Arthur had taken his wife. Stated by Kip Wheeler, the Feudal society was a military system where a ruler offers his people, a unit of land to control in exchange for a military service. “Each knight would swear his oath of fealty (loyalty) to the one who gave him the land, which was not necessarily the king or higher noblemen” (Wheeler). For before, a knight is sworn to the king for their full duties, they are given the land by the king for the trust that is set. Due to the feudal system of government in the time, Kings were in control of the surrounding area, which gave them the capabilities to g... ... middle of paper ... ...s and Peasants. Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Heaney, Seamus. Beowulf. London: Faber, 1999. Print. Kaplan, Michael I. "Hamlet & Horatio: The Many Faces of Love." English 102--Third Place. Armstrong Atlantic State University, 1998. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Long, William J. "Its History And Its Significance For The Life Of The English Speaking World." Gutenberg. N.p., 6 Jan. 2004. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. McMahon, Stanley. "Beyond the Truth: Medieval Society in the Arthurian Legend by Stanley McMahon." / Research Writing / Our Own Words 2003. Florida State University, 8 June 2011. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Shakespeare, William, and Harold Jenkins. Hamlet. London: Methuen, 1982. Print. Wheeler, Kip. "Feudalism." Feudalism. Carson Newman College, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "Christian Elements in Beowulf." Christian Elements in Beowulf. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.

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