Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Code Of Chivalry: Chivalry Is Not Dead?
(An analysis of chivalry as observed in the Arthurian texts, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Song of Roland, Perceval, and Morte D’Arthur) Chivalry is commonly known as being gentleman-like. If someone has chivalry, he is respectful and holds the door for people. But where does this idea of chivalry come from? Back in the middle ages, the Code of Chivalry was born with the rise of King Arthur and his Knights. Scholar Chantry Westwell states, “The epic tales of King Arthur’s court, of chivalry, courtly love and the quest for the Holy Grail are some of the most captivating and poignant of all European fiction,”(Westwell). The stories of King Arthur are known around the world and have been told for centuries. These tales of knights, chivalry, wizards, Excalibur, and great quests have captivated audiences for ages. In every Arthurian text, examples of chivalry can be found. Chivalry is a code King Arthur and his knights follow. It is a sort of honor and a set of guidelines all knights must embrace. Examples of Arthurian knights’ code of chivalry can be found in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Song of Roland, Perceval, and Morte D’Arthur. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, chivalry is present in the actions of Sir Gawain at the beginning of the tale, and in the Green Knight. The Green Knight shows up in Camelot and challenges one of the knights of …show more content…
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