|ASTERIX & SOLIDARITY||
Cohesion, camaraderie, cooperation, friendship, harmony and brotherhood: what do all of these values make you think of? The Gauls, of course! Solidarity is their ethic. And their ethic is not only theoretical but guides all of their behavior. The proof is irrefutable.
In Asterix and the Cauldron, Asterix is banished from the village, after the Sestertis in the cauldron he is watching over disappear. He may come back home if he manages to find the money. But Obelix couldn't care less about this story of thievery. Asterix is his friend and he is guided by this certainty. He takes Dogmatix with him and they both rejoin Asterix who, even though he kept his chin up when he left the village, is relieved to not have to go on the road alone.
Friendship goes both ways and Asterix shows, the first chance he gets, that he cares just as much for his friend. In Asterix and Obelix All at Sea, Obelix is kidnapped by the Romans after he is turned into a child - he drank an entire cauldron of magic potion. Asterix wastes no time before going off to rescue him with a full crew of former slaves ready to do anything to defy Caesar.
Our two heroes always remain their usual selves. In Asterix and Caesar's Gift, Orthopaedix and his family become the new innkeepers in the Gaulish village, and the other inhabitants are not very enthusiastic; they turn their new inn into a shambles. But Asterix and Obelix, polite and friendly, once again show their good manners: they come and show their support, and help them straighten out their house. Obelix, naturally, doesn't forget to bring his own food.
In Asterix and the Goths, the entire Gaulish village displays its solidarity and its love for its heroes. Getafix, who, after winning the druid of the year contest in the Carnutes forest, is kidnapped by the Goths. Asterix and Obelix go off to find him, and, after several altercations with Romans and Goths, set him free. When they return to the village, they find it empty. Strange . . . But the other Gauls hadn't left the village, they were merely grieving, mourning their druid and their two heroes, who they thought had died. With much relief and a great deal of joy they discover them to be safe and sound.
Solidarity is important for all. They show this even for the bard. In Asterix the Gladiator, the prefect of the Gauls, Odius Asparagus, decides to give Caesar a gift: an indomitable Gaul. Our poor Cacofonix, who is chosen as the perfect prey, is captured, gagged and tied. When Asterix and Obelix learn that he's prisoner on a Roman galley, they decide to go to Rome to free him.
In Asterix and the Banquet, the trip they take around Gaul shows us that solidarity is a characteristic of all Gauls. After the Romans decide to build a barricade around their village, Asterix and Obelix defy them by making a tour of Gaul. Unfortunately, all the Roman officers are warned and this task becomes difficult. But not impossible. Some fellow Gauls, when they find out about this challenge, help Asterix and Obelix by blocking the Romans' way by an endless game of petanque.
In addition to the Gauls, another character shows his solidarity to our two heroes: the Phoenician merchant Ekonomikrisis. In Asterix and the Black Gold, after having carried them on his ship to Palestine to find rock oil, needed by Getafix to prepare the magic potion, Ekonomikrisis hides Asterix and Obelix in his warehouse, helping them escape from the Romans. Isn't that solidarity?