King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Essays

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Gawain and Capital Violence In almost every example of romantic epics, and definitely every story concerning King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the characters carefully adhere to a strict code known as the chivalric code.. The five main tenets of chivalric code or in other words the knightly code are: showing courage and bravery, being honest, having honor and being respected among peers, being kind to others, and being courteous and well-mannered especially toward females. Gawain is the very embodiment of these chivalric values but through his encounter with the Green knight and the lady he fails to uphold the code because of its rigidness and strictness.. Violence is the mechanism that Gawain uses to gain his capital which …show more content…
The fact that all of the other knights at the round table are mute and struck in amazement also showcases the fact that Gawain is the greatest knight in Arthurs Court. Gawain must keep his end of the challenge and meet the Green knight a year after Gawain beheads the Green knight. In that one year many of the knights and ladies try to convince Gawain to just forget about the challenge and not go but Gawain insists that he must complete the challenge. Before he departs on his journey Gawain keeping calm “quipped why should I shy away. If fate is kind or cruel, man still must try” (Gawain 363-365). Gawain shows how he is unafraid of facing his destiny and he must embark on the journey if he wants to keep his capital and or in other words his honor. If Gawain does not embark on this journey and not fulfill his commitment, Gawain would always be seen as a coward. Gawain’s belief in the societal values that the chivalric code demands is also evident in his persistence or willingness to keep his promise because Gawain sees it as a part of his chivalric obligations. These acts by Gawain show him fulfilling the key tenets of showing courage and being faithful to his king and keeping his honor. Gawain also fulfills the key tenets of being courteous, well-mannered and having immense in god which complete the chivalric code. The armor of Gawain and in particular the “pentangle shinning scarlet shield” are fitting shield for the

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