In the book Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott, a knight named Ivanhoe illustrates this by devoting his attention to keeping the rules of the Code of Chivalry, which consisted of love of adventure, integrity, and loyalty to the king, to name a few. These character traits of Ivanhoe coupled with strong characters and a realistic setting allow the reader to understand the importance of a strong set of moral guidelines to all individuals of all time periods in spite of Scott’s excessive detail and confusing subplot. Respect and loyalty are two of the character traits that Ivanhoe not only possesses but also helps the reader to see their importance for a successful life. For example, in the beginning of the book Ivanhoe is known as the Disinherited Knight because his father, Cedric of Saxon, disinherits him; however, even though he is abandoned, he still respects his father and is loyal to him. His respect is shown in the book when the castle burns and someone asks his father whether defeat is visible.
He was obligated to respect and protect his lord as well as defend his lord's honor. The demonstration of personal valor was also very important in these times. Beowulf is "Higlac's Follower" and works to please his lord. He is afraid that "My lord Higlac / Might think less of me" (l 191-192) if he uses weapons in battle. Not only does Beowulf work to please his lord, but he also works to protect Hrothgar, the lord of the Danes.
Beowulf knows that he has an obligation to protect his people and the people the respect of the people gives him the ability to have his treasure and confidence. When the people are harmed he takes it to heart that he failed and he needs to fix it. “Their words brought misery, Beowulf’s /sorrow beat at his heart: he accused/ himself of breaking Gods law”2227-2229. All though Beowulf is in the later part of his life he is still willing to keep his reputation and his right to confidence in line by fighting a dragon for his people. Throughout his life Beowulf earns the respect of his people like Hrothgar told him to.
From the beginning, Beowulf is viewed as the epitome of a true hero. He may have been somewhat selfish at times and boast about his achievements, but when it really mattered he is there for his people. These traits truly expose the heroic king he becomes. The courage and bravery that the character of Beowulf exemplifies throughout the epic, demonstrates reasons as to why he would reign as a strong king as time goes on. The reader learns quickly how important the act of being courageous is to the epic of Beowulf, as it is made clear in the first lines of the epic, stating, “So.
Sir Gawain who does embody heroic characteristics, like, bravery and intelligence, still falls short in establishing recognition like Beowulf did. To Sir Gawain, it wasn’t about his identity or his kingdom. Sir Gawain had the ultimate desire to become part of a higher position. He was mostly concerned about protecting his reputation. Because Sir Gawain was so concerned about his reputation, he tells a lie by leaving out the green girdle when talking to the host.
Brooke was a man of traditional beliefs, therefore he firmly believed that his country has more value than his life and it is an honourable act to die for it. This sonnet was written at the beginning of the First World War, when Rupert Brooke was inspired by the noble idea of protecting his country. Nowadays his poem can serve as a motivation for the young people who are yet to become soldiers and fight for their country. The love that the author of the poem felt for his country is inspiring. He was facing death, yet he did not give up but rather think in a way that it is the only noble thing to do.
However, throughout the epic poem, Beowulf upholds the code of conduct demanded both in battle and, for the most part, in his duties to his adherents. Seen in this light, the departures from the heroic code towards the end of his life matters much less, when compared to the way Beowulf lived with bravery, compassion and most importantly, with honor. Works Cited Donaldson, E. Talbot. 1966. “Kinship in Beowulf.” in Beowulf: Bloom’s Notes.
Although he is confident that he will win the battle, he understands that it is ultimately out of his control, and that does not scare him. His refusal to use weapons indicates the same attitude, and this is repeated at the end of the poem when he decides not to “shift a foot” (2524) in response to the dragon’s attacks so that the outcome “will turn out as fate, / overseer of men, decides” (2526-27). Once again, Beowulf acknowledges that he might not win the battle, but rather than running from the fight or attempting to sway the odds in his favor, he allows it to play out as it will. That may seem ludicrous to the modern reader, but the Anglo-Saxons would have considered it to be the height of
Honor is a title that is given or earned based on your morals, beliefs and your character. Morality, honorableness, respectability, righteousness, decency, and integrity are all qualities that are represented by an honorable person. An honorable person is someone who deserves the title, and they possess traits that they should desired by all.
Beowulf does not slay the monster to protect his people, despite the fact that this was a direct result of the battle. According to Florman, “The quest for fame is of the utmost importance to a warrior trying to establish himself in the world.” (Florman) It is due to a prideful heart and a thirst for fame that Beowulf defeats