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In The Song of Roland Roland embody an especially pure form of the spirit of feudal loyalty to ones overlord Lawall 1104 The websites describe Charles the Great as a father figure and Roland as a loyal and honorable subject In the introduction of The Song of Roland one is told of the characteristics of Roland and King Charles Roland is described as a French Achilles He is described as arrogant honorable and loyal Roland is so loyal to his King and community that he is willing to give his life not to put them in danger of death He is a brave and valiant warrior In the beginning of the poem the Muslim King Marsilion sent messengers to King Charles to try and trick him into believing they would convert into Christianity When King Charles was informing his council of this Roland told the King Trust Marsilion----and suffer but when the king wanted to send someone to Saratoga to talk with the King Marsilion Roland is the first to volunteer Rolands step father made a deal with King Marsilion and condemned Roland When the French begin their return to France Rolands step father recommends Roland stay behind and be in charge of the rear guard Roland accepts this assignment without argument event though his place is usually with the King He doe so because he feels it is for the good of the King and the community The King is tricked into this assignment of Roland by Rolands step father When the rearguard is out numbered and sure to be defeated Roland did not blow his horn There is much controversy surrounding this act but most experts believe Roland did not blow the horn because he did not want to put the King and his fellow warriors in harms way I believe the act that reveals his purest loyalty is he fights to his death and even when he is dying he protects his
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