Essay on Chivalry, Honor, And Strength

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Chivalry at Its Finest:
(A Discussion over chivalry applied to four Arthurian motifs) The Anglo-Saxon code describes a code of behavior expressed in the Beowulf text. They lived by a code of glory, duty, and respect. The English created have a similar legend that outlined their warrior code. Their code as centered in the Arthurian motif. The story of Arthur combined with other stories make up the chivalry code used by English knights. These stories include the story of the Green Knight, Song of Roland, Perceval, and Malory’s Arthur. The chivalry code is defined in these texts as courage, honor, and strength. This is similar in many ways to the Anglo-Saxon code. The purpose of stories like the Arthurian motif and Beowulf are to teach people how to live their lives. The code of chivalry includes more than three components; however, all three overlap in the stories outlined earlier.
The first story we see is the Green Knight; this story relates to the code of chivalry in several ways. The first part of chivalry is courage. We see courage several times in this story. We see it when Arthur first steps up the challenge, when Gawain takes his place, and when Gawain goes to find the Green Knight. The second component is honor and respect. Gawain takes the kings place out of respect for the king, and he says that it is his honor to do it. The final component of chivalry is strength. This physical strength is found in the challenge. The knight that accepts the challenge has to be…

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