An Exploration Of The Ideological Changes Leaders Have Gone Through Over Time

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An exploration of the Ideological changes Leaders have gone through over time.
From leading men into battle, making critical decisions, and maintaining a public image, a king’s responsibility I intently vast. Their choices and beliefs reign superior to all others and the public has no say in how they make these choices. Yet, kings all around the world do their best to please their people and are “taught” to be a good leader. Over the course of time between the writings of Beowulf, and Henry IV the way a king was viewed in their society, how he was to use his power, and how their morals reformed into the different principles that still, to this day, plays part in leadership. This paper will navigate the dialogue and descriptions the
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One thing kings all tend to posses is a level of respect no other member of the society can achieve. If the highest class in a society flash their wealth around then the lower classes of said society will not appreciate these actions. This is relevant in the French revolution when the upper classes disregarded the peasant and other low levels of society which in turn, led to a full blown revolution in which the monarchy fell from power. Beowulf effectively made himself look as if he didn’t care about wealth, but instead, put honor before his desires, giving him the respect of his future subjects.
Proceed to the 1600s, when Shakespeare wrote his tragedy, Henry IV, which tells the story of after Henry IV took control of England; when he effectively interrupted the natural god given right to the kingship that was “mandated” by god. After he had done this the kingdom was then split in two. One half believed Richard should have remained on the throne and the other sided with Henry. However this did not affect Henry, to a certain extent, and he believed that there was a boundary between royalty and the middle class. Shakespeare wrote for Henry, “The skipping king… mingled his royalty with cap’ring fools; had his great name profaned with their scorns and gave his countenance, against his name… [60-65]” Showing the audience what is to be thought of a king through his own eyes. In this situation he throws out the opinions of his subjects, and outwardly expresses to Hal that
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