Lord Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

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While reading Beowulf translated by Lesslie Hall, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson, and The General Prologue written by Chaucer, the poems and tales contain aspects of medieval chivalry and knighthood. Chivalry is defined as “valor in the face of danger, loyalty to one’s leader and companions, and an intense concern for personal honor” (Walters, The Middle Ages). Beowulf is an epic poem written in the Middle Ages by an unknown author and is of Anglo-Saxon descent. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is also a poem produced in the middle ages by an unknown author. Chaucer wrote The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales during the Middle Ages, as well. Each account details the aspects of chivalry and knighthood during the Middle Ages, between the fifth and fifteen centuries, and provides an insight into the different aspects of chivalry each character displays: such as, valor, loyalty, and personal honor. The valor displayed by a chivalric medieval knight is considered an important attribute to one’s character. The heroic warrior in Beowulf displays his valor by confronting a monstrous adversary compromising and terrorizing a king’s gathering hall. Beowulf, the warrior, displays valor as he declares,
“I purposed in spirit when I mounted the ocean / When I boarded my boat with a band of my liegemen,/ I would work to the fullest the will of your people /Or in foe’s-clutches fastened fall in the battle” (Beowulf, Ch. X.…

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