Essay On Chivalry In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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There are things in everybody’s lives that they strive for in order to achieve greatness. Those things can be riches, fame, women, or many other possessions. To the medieval knights, being victorious and receiving glory are the goals they aim for. Chivalry was a code of conduct that all knights in the medieval period were expected to follow, by combining both the qualities of being a warrior and the values of Christianity. Breaking a law in this code would be considered a disgrace, and would bring humiliation that was worse than death itself. However, by applying the code of chivalry, the knights in the medieval time displayed certain character traits which would protect their success and honor in both honestly and combat. Chivalry…show more content…
This trait is shown heavily throughout Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Gawain in the beginning of the story accepts the task of playing the Green Knight’s game because in all of the land, he is the strongest knight. It can also be inferred that Gawain accepted this challenge because one of the biggest factors in obeying the chivalric code was to show loyalty to the king. When the time comes for him to go on his search for the Green Knight his true character starts to show. He feels scared and sick to his stomach but that doesn’t stop him from going. He made the promise to go and find the Green Knight so he will stick to his word. No matter what the consequences may be. The lesson Gawain learns as a result of the Green Knight’s challenge is that, he is just like everyone else who is concerned above all else with their own lives. Gawain’s time searching for the green chapel in the forests, his flinching at the Green Knight’s axe and his acceptance the green girdle taught Gawain that even though he may be one of the most chivalrous knights, he is nothing more than a mere human being who also can make

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