Loyalty : Fate And The Chance Of Survival

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Felicity Miller Professor Donavan Monster and Marvels 14, October 2014 Loyalty: Fate and the Chance of Survival in Zipe’s Fairytales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh Many different themes and topics are brought up in Zipe’s fairytales, Beowulf and Gilgamesh. An important theme that occurs in many of these stories is loyalty. In each story the common goal of loyalty is to create a strong feeling of support and allegiance to a kingdom, person, property, agreement, or item of importance. These strong feelings of support and allegiance relate to the beliefs and customs of the times during which they were written, the Old Testament from the Bible, medieval Culture, German culture, Swedish Culture, Scandinavian customs etc. Many of the stories strongly associate loyalty to a higher power. If the main characters in stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Gilgamesh, and Beowulf are loyal in all that they do, divine fate is with them and they are successful throughout the story. Loyalty also produces a strong chance of survival: Those that are loyal survive, become heroes, and are revered and respected. Depending on the time and the place in which each story was written, the beliefs and customs of each culture has a significant impact of how loyalty is perceived and used in each story. Loyalty in the Old Testament and loyalty in many of these stories can be directly related, if the main characters are completely devoted to their quest (God) and they make the right choices, fate is with them
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