President Obama’s inaugural speech was uplifting and inspirational. It was quite refreshing to hear a man who seems to truly believe in the intrinsic equality and goodness of all mankind. He touched on many key issues this country faces without doing much to sugar coat them, but instead affirmed his belief that the people are capable of making the necessary changes to correct these problems - that history has shown time and again the resilience and spirit of our great nation to see adversity through to its end, and come out a stronger, more unified people. It is not that our country is less great now than it has been in the past. We are still the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, but we have grown complacent – stale as President Obama puts it.
Through even the hardest times of war, he never lost sight of the freedom he was chasing for himself and every American citizen. With his brave spirit and courageous skill on and of the battlefield, he led America to one of the most important victories in our history. When General Braddock asked George to accept his commission as Commander of the Continental Army, there was no hesitation. Washington was chosen for his talents in land surveying, which gave them an advantage over the British, and his brilliant skill as a unifying leader. He always had an uplifting attitude toward with his soldiers so they would not get discouraged in this long fight for freedom.
He also contains all of the manners and values that are expected of a man in that time, including loyalty, courtesy, and pride. Beowulf’s victory over Grendel and the assumed defeat of Grendel’s mother validates his reputation for bravery and establishes him completely as a hero. In the beginning, Beowulf matures very little because he already possesses many heroic qualities from the start. Having rid Denmark of its problems and demons, Beowulf is ready to enter a new phase of his life. Hrothgar, who has become his mentor and somewhat of a father figure to the young man, also begins to advise him on how to rule wisely and efficiently.
In the story, Beowulf defeats Grendel, an enemy of Hrothgar and his people. For this mighty deed performed, Hrothgar not only holds a party for several days in Beowulf's honor, he also rewards him greatly with many riches. In a way of showing appreciation and benevolence Hrothgar, the king of Danes “presented Beowulf with a gold standard as a victory gift, an embroidered banner; also breast-mail and a helmet; and a sword carried high , that was both precious object and token of honour.”(Lines 1019-1023.) Hrothgar, had accomplished in being a mentor and father figure to the young warrior, and succeeded on delivering advice about how to act as a judicious ruler. And truly Beowulf has shown that to us throughout the story.
This war showed great unity between Ferdiand and Isobella as they both worked in sync, ‘Ferdiand in charge of the campaign and Isabella made sure all supplies reached the army’. The war of Granada overall helped to bring some feelings of unity to the people of Castile and Aragon as men came from all over to fight a common enemy. This brought amazing prestige to Ferdiand and Isobella and helped to raise their reputation with other monarchs
In this paper, I will explore Oroonoko’s courageous, honorable and unselfish character, attributes shared by other heroes; however, he also has flaws that will reveal his frailties. Oroonoko is a very proud man, and was an even prouder prince. His leadership, and heroism is respected and praised by all his people. Behn describes Oroonoko as an honorable and brave young man. She states, “He became, at the age of seventeen, one of the most expert captains, and bravest soldiers, that ever saw the field of Mars … Besides, he was adorned with a native beauty so transcending all those of his gloomy race, that he struck an awe and reverence, even in those who knew not his quality” (Behn 12).
Kirk is a leader because he always wins. As American General Stanley McChrystal points out, winning is an important aspect of being a leader. McChrystal states that you need to lead by being a winner; it makes everyone look up to you. It gives your followers confidence and gives you influence. Kirk successfully captures Kahn from the Klingon planetoid, and defeats Admiral Marcus by boarding his ship (with help from Spock and Kahn).
His attempt to revive the Roman Empire was a successful one, both in terms of power and longevity. Justinian’s legacy would be that of the most successful Emperor of the Byzantine Empire. The empire expanded under Justinian because of his ability to pick exceptional advisors. The men that he gave power to owed this to him, and were very loyal. Despite many periods of financial and military crisis where the empire faced threats from all sides, it always managed to come through, often due to the Emperor’s advisors.
The good warriors show loyalty to their “ring-givers” and will often stand by their side in the face of battle. However, others show their fear. All in all, loyalty, honor, and generosity are what sets everyone apart from evil and are most important in the culture of Beowulf. You will see these traits in a good King as well. A good King would be someone who gives his thanes treasure for their efforts in battle.
And fortune tellers were saying that Alexander who was born in the midst of three victories, must become invincible. Likewise, he became the world wide known, almost invincible king of Macedonia as fortune tellers said. He expanded Macedonian borders from Macedonia to Asia Minor and Egypt, and Mesopotamia, and then Persia until Indus River. He bounded together such a vast land together successfully. Even if he died at the age of 32, he had always been a successful and genius statesman, commander and contributor to the socio-cultural life rather than brutal warrior so that he became Alexander the Great.