Key Words: Monasticism; order/structure; strict codes; chivalry/strict code of conduct
• Concern for order
• STRUCTURE – defines their purpose in life (gives them a strong sense of purpose), as well as clarifying their responsibilities – live a virtuous life?
• Set of rules which all needed to follow; moral obligation to serve the “lord” in valor (courage/bravery) or faith
• Follow a chain of command; respect for authority (Abbott and King of the court)
• Establishes commitment within a community (religious or court/chivalric code)
• ? powers used to tempt or destroy o The Green Knight – the beheading game; Lady Bertilak at the castle (3 temptations/seductions) o Rule of St. Benedict (Prologue lines 17?)
Show similarities: Does Sir Gawain…show more content… Humility (Chapter 7)
3. Peace/faithfulness (Chapter 6) “let peace be your quest and your aim”
a. Sir Gawain: conceals information (the gift green girdle), but ultimately confesses/repents his sin and proves to be an honorable man
Medieval era: Religion filled every aspect of a person’s life
Spirituality for daily life
Gawain – devoted to God?
Chivalric culture: moral, religious and social code of knights during this time
• As a knight (warrior)
• Be faithful to God
1. Description of his shield (623 – 629) what’s painted inside (648 – 650)
Link between monastery and court – places where show respect and are courteous?
Latter half of fourteenth century (Middle English Literature)
The Rule of St Benedict – an important written spiritual document (Catholic?) written during the 6th century
I. Implementing these rules brought stability to the community
b. Humility – “the first degree of humility is prompt obedience”
i. Sir Gawain accepts challenge (354 -361) demonstrates adherence to code of chivalry “I am the weakest…”
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight written 14th century?
• Sir Gawain – a knight in King Arthur’s court
• Gawain’s key characteristic his adherence to the codes of conduct encompassed by…show more content… – towards the end of the book)
“"But your girdle," quoth Gawain, "God reward you for it
That will I keep with good will; not for the precious gold, nor the samite nor the silk, nor the wide pendants, for its wealth nor for its beauty nor for its fine work; but in sign of my fault I shall behold it oft; when I ride in renown I shall lament to myself the fault and the deceit of the crabbed flesh, how tender it is to catch stains of filth; and thus when pride shall prick me for prowess of arms, a look on this love-lace shall moderate my