What is the primary theme of El Cid?    

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One of the abiding themes of the poem is loyalty. Despite his unjust treatment at the hands of King Alfonso, banished from Castile on trumped-up charges of corruption, El Cid still maintains unswerving loyalty to his lord and master. Everything he does post-exile is concerned with getting back into the king's good books, in the hope that Alfonso will realize that the accusations leveled against this most loyal of servants were completely false.

But it is not enough for El Cid to proclaim his loyalty; he must demonstrate it on the field of battle. And he does, racking up an impressive...

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