Chivalry In The Song Of Roland
The nature of chivalry is actually one of the main themes in this text, it, like the other texts is governed by these specific codes of this particular behavior. Chivalry basically shapes all that Sir Gawain and the other characters do in this text, and it is all derived from this Christian code of morality. The concepts of chivalry seek to find the spiritual ideals that Sir Gawain and his men all follow. Chivalry is prominent through the symbol of Sir Gawain’s shield. It has the five symbols of a real knight, there is friendship, being generous, being chaste, being courteous, and piety. Camelot is one of the testing symbols of chivalry in Sir Gawain. Arthur’s whole band is known because it’s so courteous toward others and it’s so good. The Green Knight is the tester in the eyes of chivalry. He says that they were merely words and that they’re nothing more than that, but he ends up going on a quest where he realizes that it is really his weakness that he has to remember and that he has to remain true to. Sir Gawain realizes in this text that he is chivalrous, but he is also …show more content…
Arthur go the stone from the rock, thus making him one of the greatest knights to have ever ruled. He is the epitome of a great king, the one and only, the best of them all. In fact he was so great and chivalrous that all his men were considered to be of the most chivalrous people in the land. The knights of the round table let a life that was bound by a code of chivalry. Chivalry in some cases is even considered an Arthurian idea. Arthur was a christian he fought his battles wisely, he hurt his enemies and he pleased his friends. Even in torment was he chivalrous. When Arthur found out that his best friend was sleeping with his wife he did not kill or injure, but he merely exiled one of his greatest knights and friends. Chivalry in Arthur’s case was more directed toward if he could keep his temper around his wife, if he could remain sane around her, even after she had betrayed him. Even though he was warned that this woman would bring him nothing but hell he persisted on being with her. He spared no expense in making her happy, he loved her and he treated her like any true man would, even in torture he did not hurt her, he was in pain but his chivalrous code kept him in his place.
Chivalry is evident throughout these four texts. Many argue today that it no longer exists, but it’s all a matter of perspective. For Sir Gawain Chivalry was being human, it was being honest with yourself and your