Chivalry In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Chivalry (An analyzation of chivalry in western thought) The term chivalry was an important factor in some societies of the past, but in other societies it was all but forgotten. Some may say now “that chivalry is completely dead” (Picciuto, Why Chivalry Is Dead, From A Man’s Perspective). This proves to be the case in many highly honored texts studied by students around the globe. Along with other texts that try to say that chivalry should be an important aspect in especially men’s lives. These texts suggest men should strive to be chivalrous. Chivalry is not always meant in the aspect of being courteous to women, but also in a sense where in olden ages anybody under the king should do anything for him. Chivalry is usually a very broad term. But who is to say that chivalry ever actual was practiced? Chivalry was only thought to be used because certain writers portrayed it being used to women and their kingdom. Three texts that tend to demonstrate this are Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Perceval The Story of the Grail, and Morte D’Arthur. In the text Sir Gawain and The Green Knight a knight that is completely green, including his horse, comes into the hall at Camelot and poses a challenge to anyone that will take it. His challenge is for anyone to strike his bare neck with an axe and he will return…show more content…
Even back then the idea of chivalry was shown. Beowulf shows chivalry to the king of The Danes. Beowulf is a Geat and King Hrothgar is a Dane. The Danes and The Geats have never been known to like each other. But, Beowulf walks into King Hrothgar’s kingdom and says “Hail, Hrothgar!” (Raffel, 236). The Danes are having trouble with a monster that attacked Heorot Hall and killed many of Hrothgar’s people. Beowulf decides to sail across the ocean and help The Danes out. The fact that Beowulf decides to sail across the ocean to help a country he doesn’t like and a king he doesn’t even know shows great
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