Loyalty As A Virtue Of Ethics

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Alexian Lin Mrs. Willson European Lit, period 6 October 4, 2016 Loyalty in Beowulf Loyalty has always been a virtue of ethics whether it is during the medieval times or during the Chinese dynasties. But why is loyalty needed? Why be loyal to our religion, family, country, or place of business? There are many different definition of loyalty, but the general interpretation of loyalty according to Merriam- Webster dictionary is to be faithful to a person, institution, product, custom, etc. Loyalty is one of the most important qualities a man can possess during the Anglo-Saxon time period. The epic Beowulf is an epic basing off of several Anglo-Saxon values about a hero named Beowulf slaying three terrifying beast. Not only is Beowulf capable of slaying monsters that others cannot, he is also an extremely loyal man who made a lot of sacrifices and continue to do what is right. Throughout the story many of the actions of Beowulf are all motivated by loyalty, beginning with his own decision of helping the Danes. In the epic Beowulf, the poem vividly convey the Anglo-Saxons heroic trait of loyalty by using the hero Beowulf and the loyalty he gave and received to demonstrate the positive effect of what being loyal is capable of bringing to an organization, a person, or a country. The importance of loyalty is shown by how loyal Beowulf is in the story towards his kings and his country. Beowulf have a strong sense of loyalty to his king. When the news of the monster Grendel spread

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