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What is noble and honorable is a principle that applies to every time and culture. Overall a mans nobility is produced by his ideals, and morals. These ideals and morals are characterized as bravery, self- sacrifice, and interest in the well being of others. The noble characteristics being portrayed in the stories are the acts that prove nobility to be a righteous virtue.

In The Song of Roland: Shame and Honor, we are presented with the moral tensions that a noble hero must face. The dilemma in this story shows the dividing line between military honor, and a mans nobility. Roland is faced with the difficult choice of having shame fall upon him and the French for calling for help, or allowing his men to die when it could be prevented. Although the decision involved a long struggle within himself, he did what no other warrior on that field had the courage to do. He was brave enough to sound the horn without worrying about the consequences that would be bestowed upon him.

The noble act in this is that he was faced with a strenuous duty, but he

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