Sir Walter Scott: Hero Of Scotland

1057 words - 5 pages

Sir Walter Scott was a very successful writer during the beginning of the 19th century. Born and raised in Scotland, many say that Sir Walter Scott had a very significant impact on the culture of Scotland. From writing about daring knights to making kilts fashionable attire, Scott was a cultural icon at the time. But how much influence did Scott truly have on the cultural influence of Scotland? Scott was the most culturally significant author, for Scotland, in the 19th century.
The early life of Sir Walter Scott was riddled with tragedy and struggle. The Scotts resided in the Old District of Edinburgh. Out of the twelve children in the Scott family, only five survived their early youth. The hardest part of Walter Scott’s childhood was when he was struck with polio which crippled his right leg. These terrible events may have been brought about by the poor conditions in the city. To protect their crippled son, the Scotts sent Walter away to live with his paternal grandfather in the countryside. During his time in the countryside Sir Walter Scott reveled in ancient Scottish folklore told by his grandfather. He took great interest in Scottish history and culture. “Here, in the country air, he became a sturdy boy, and his mind was stored with the old Broder tales and songs” (Lockhart). After leaving the countryside as a young adult, Scott undertook many trips around Scotland to hear the folklore shared by the people. These old tales of Scottish history inspired Scott to write in the romantic style.
Sir Walter Scott’s early influences helped dictate his future as a romanticist writer. Characterized by their removal from rational thoughts romanticist writers believe that feelings are above all and that a deeper meaning can be found in everyday things. Romanticism was a literary rebellion against the rising industrialization of the world. People would turn to romantic writing to add feeling to their dull lives. It was also a movement against the religious reformation that was occurring in the world. Because Romanticism was such an international movement, Scott’s adaptation of this style helped boost his popularity on an international level.
Sir Walter Scott was Scotland’s first truly internationally renowned author (Mackenzie 2008). This international recognition was vital to Scotland at the time. Politically, Scotland had just recently fallen under the rule of the English crown. Scott started a cultural separation between Scotland and England that continues to this day. Not only did he achieve this separation though his writing, but he also made kilts fashionable again in Scotland by inviting the king to wear one during his visit there. This separation has caused Scotland to maintain its own cultural identity despite being politically intertwined with England.
Whetter asserts that Scott should be credited for writing the first historical novel, Waverly (28). This statement confirms Scott’s unique style was revolutionary for the time. Scott wrote about...

Find Another Essay On Sir Walter Scott: Hero of Scotland

Scottish Succession: A Fight for Freedom

2359 words - 9 pages ;   www.elibrary.com/s/edumark/getdoc.cgi>. Scott, Sir Walter. Exploits and Death of William Wallace, The “Hero of Scotland.” 1 Jan. 1992. Electric Library. 26 Nov. 2001 <http://www.elibrary.com/s/edumark/ getdoc.cgi>. “British Heritage.” Primedia SpecialInterest Publications. Oct./Nov. 1996. Volume 18,      Issue 6, pg. 42. EBSCOhost. 26 Nov. 2001 <http://ehostvgw4.epnet.com/fulltext

Analysis of William Wallace using the “Psychoanalytic Approach”

714 words - 3 pages fight for his nation's independence. this simple, plain, unbiased perception is Wallace's egoEven after Wallace's capture he declared that while he admitted to other crimes, he did not commit treason against the English king as he had never sworn loyalty. His king was a Scottish one. Super-Ego: conscience, made up of beliefs, ethics, morals. The part of conciseness that evaluates actions and tries to do what is right.BibliographyDuane P. Schultz; Sydney Ellen Schultz ,Theories of Personality 9th EditionReese, Peter. William Wallace: A Biography. Edinburgh: Canongate, 1998. ISBN 0-86241-607- 8. Scott, Sir Walter. Exploits and death of William Wallace,

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

906 words - 4 pages from what is in front of him to the vast experiences and daydreams is remarkable it’s almost like a blink of an eye and you are joining him in another whirlwind adventure as he is transformed into another person and occupation. The reader is asked to follow Walter Mitty into his world of many different personas. Your imagination is brought into the story because you too can imagine being a super hero or doctor or hitting that game winning shot

Sir William Wallace

1310 words - 6 pages Sir William Wallace is believed to be one of Scotlands greatest national heroes. He led the Rising of 1297, in an attempt to reverse the loss of Scottish independence to England. He was knighted and made Guardian of Scotland. He later resigned after The Battle of Falkirk when he was defeated by English cavalry. In August, 1305 he was arrested, condemned as a traitor, and killed. Scotland views Wallace as a national hero for his role in

Scottish Culture

1415 words - 6 pages attracted a cult following like that of a rock band (Fraser 186). Sir Walter Scott is also another very famous novelist from Scotland (Scotland). With music from classical to rock to jazz and folk, Scottish musicians are able to attract international audiences (Fraser 186). Known for its versatility and unique programming, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra while folk-rock bands like Runrig successfully combine rock music with traditional

Sir William Wallace

1570 words - 6 pages Sir William Wallace is believed to be one of Scotlands greatest national heroes. He led the Rising of 1297, in an attempt to reverse the loss of Scottish independence to England. He was knighted and made Guardian of Scotland. He later resigned after The Battle of Falkirk when he was defeated by the English cavalry. In August, 1305 he was arrested, condemned as a traitor, and killed. Scotland views Wallace as a national hero for his role in

To What Extent Can &quot;waverley&quot; Be Called an Anti-romantic Novel?

1640 words - 7 pages Highlands, which in tern represented the old Scotland, which contrasted with the new imagery to represent Scott's political views. This would reveal that Scott was a writer of Romances, and romantic poetry, in the term that is associated with images of Beauty and Idealism, however, does this portray "Waverley" as a novel contemporaneous of the Romantic Period? "In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the

William Wallace: The Man & The Myth

1407 words - 6 pages movie to the actual history that surrounds them.The National Myth of Sir William Wallace is very interesting; just as interesting as the real Wallace. In a survey of the greatest Scots in history conducted by Who's Who in Scotland, Wallace polled 169 votes to take second place from Bruce with 161 votes, both well behind Robert Burns' runaway victory with 268 votes, but safely ahead of Walter Scott down in seventh place with sixty-three votes

Reality

1227 words - 5 pages hero when there is nothing better to. Ferguson notes that Walter’s dreams advance in danger as the story goes on(434). As Walter becomes more and more bored his dreams increase in danger.Walter’s job in the dreams also become more important as the dreams go on. Critics say that Walter’s first dream is the one that shows the heroic freedom that he is looking for (Cheatham 609). Walter’s first dream of controlling the hydroplane shows that he is

Scotland’s Superman; William Wallace

2360 words - 9 pages “Few traces remain of Scottish hero William Wallace, the medieval knight who fought against English oppression.” (Cohen) The most known facts come from legends surrounding the infamous William Wallace and his short, tragic career saving Scotland. Now a martyr, Sir William Wallace is inspiration to many Scottish families that anything can be done. A compilation of many widely accepted legends is told in Mel Gibson’s BraveHeart. During the time

William Wallace

1319 words - 5 pages point, Wallace was no longer just a petty militia leader.By August, much of Scotland was under Scottish control. However Wallace (by now he was in control of an entire regiment) wished to drive the English out of Scotland entirely. He and his co-commander Sir Andrew de Moray decided to attack the strategically important English outpost at Stirling castle, just beyond the River Forth. The English, apparently confident that the upstart Scots would

Similar Essays

Chivalry Lesson In Ivanhoe By Sir Walter Scott

3088 words - 12 pages Chivalry Lesson in Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott In everybody's life, there is something that makes him or her strive for success. That something can be money, a significant other, fame or many other incentives. To the medieval knights, victory renown and glory are the ambitions they strive for. Breaking a law in this code would be considered a disgrace, and would bring a dishonor worse than death itself. However, by applying the Code of

Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: The Hero Of The Battle Of Britain

1668 words - 7 pages , revolutionary defensive tactics. Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding was born in Scotland, in 1882. He was a taciturn old widower, formal, stubborn, and opinionated. These traits earned him the nickname "Stuffy" Dowding. Even though he seemed gruff and unsentimental, he truly cared about the welfare of his fighter pilots, often referring to them as "my chicks." (Korda 17). He knew beyond any doubt that war was indeed coming, and soon. He was

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: War Hero Or Butcher Of The Somme?

1124 words - 4 pages Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: War hero or butcher of the Somme? Many historians see the Somme as one of, if not the most, significant events of the war. The devastating casualties and deaths of the war left thousands without their loved ones, a whole generation was lost at the Somme. After the devastation of the war, many soldiers blamed Haig. It was thought that Haig's leadership was to blame for the tremendous

Heroism Displayed In The Epic Novel Of Beowulf And Sir Gawain. This Essay Compares And Contrasts These Two Characters And Defines What Makes A True Hero

1116 words - 4 pages Beowulf was written in the eighth century by monks. The word Beowulf means bee-hunter. It was the first book ever written. The Norse tale is principally concerning the exploits of the warrior Beowulf of the Anglo-Saxon times. Beowulf most definitely proves to be a hero in this epic for he is able to conquer his obstacles due to his super-human physical strength, determination and courage.Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through