What is loyalty? Never cheating in a relationship? Your dog never running away? Or is it always being a good friend? Maybe loyalty isn’t an action at all. Many people try to decipher the real meaning of loyalty, but it has a unique meaning to each person. There are three different examples of how loyalty is viewed differently; in the story Beowulf, through a teenager’s life, and in the movie The Lion King. Each will display different views of loyalty and point out many similarities as well.
The Epic Beowulf emphasizes loyalty; it was one of the most important qualities a man could possess in Beowulf’s time, and the presence of extreme loyalty in a person elevated him from ordinary to heroic. Beowulf’s loyalty saved Hrothgar’s country and his people, he transcends above other men because of his extraordinary loyalty to his king. For example, he rushes to help Hrothgar each time he needs him, conquering Grendel, his mother, and the dragon. Beowulf isn’t doing this for the throne or to become famous he simply wants to help Hrothgar and do what is right.
There are many occasions that show Beowulf’s loyalty towards his community. However, it’s not only Beowulf who is loyal: Wiglaf was also very heroic and loyal, almost every character in Beowulf is loyal to someone, in their own way. We can learn from this epic: trust in and remain loyal to your leader and your country. A second view of loyalty is in a teenager’s life, a teen has many different ways to show loyalty. Loyalty in a relationship is one example of how teens’ show loyalty.
They must be faithful and honest to their partner, in order to keep a healthy relationship. A friendship needs loyalty, because friends are there for support, to confide in, and trust, if friends weren’t loyal you wouldn’t trust anyone. They also need to show loyalty to their family, be there through hard times, for support, and be someone who will never turn on them and always love them. Another way teenager’s express loyalty is towards strangers, such as at a job and school.
In a work environment you need to be loyal to your boss and co-workers, show up on time and be dependable. They must show loyalty to customers, get the order right, and respect them. Teens show loyalty to many people in their lives. Loyalty is expressed in the movie The Lion King which tells the story of loyalty as Simba returns to the Pride Lands to stop Scar from ruining everything. Simba remains loyal to his land, father, and friends throughout his adventure to stop Scar yet handle the responsibility of growing up and becoming king.
Although Simba shows loyalty to others, he mainly shows loyalty to himself, which makes this different from the prior examples. He must convince himself to he is the new king and he can win against Scar, and the other challenges he will face along the way. He also is basically growing up on his own, and forces him to grow up and take the Pride Lands back from Scar and be a true hero, and prove his loyalty to everyone. His friends show loyalty to him by helping him and encouraging him through it, giving him the confidence he needs and not leaving his side.
Loyalty may come across as a commitment, promise, or honor now, but it is still debated and there are tons of examples and stories to support any view of the word. Whether through bravery and courage in Beowulf, commitment and dedication in a teen’s life, or simply loyalty to yourself in The Lion King, it is a thousand words in one. Loyalty can be expressed by anyone, even pets, they are always loyal and love you and can’t hurt the same ways other disloyal people can. It’s a word with a mystery definition yet is cherished by so many people.