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Chivalry In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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They say Chivalry is dead. But the underlying theme of it returns through all forms of medieval literature. One great example is the Arthurian legend. King Arthur, Sir Gawain, and the knights of the round table use chivalry to explain many Christian values and topics such as salvation, morality, and truth. While on their adventures, these knights exhibited great aptitude within their faith pertaining to these religious tokens, but at other times their values slipped and the heroes had their fall. One such theme that was first introduced in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was salvation. The theological definition of salvation is Christ delivering us from our sins. Another interpretation of this can be ascending to heaven. In Matthew 7:13 we are told to seek out the narrow way. Jesus says this during his Sermon on the Mount. What the Son of God is telling us is that the way to heaven is not easy and it can be a long journey. All parts of this explanation can also be found throughout Arthurian legend. One specific example is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight where Gawain is faced with a life altering crisis. The Green Knight visits the court of Arthur and asks to play a “game”. A blow for a blow. The deal is one strikes now and the other a year later, and Gawain takes the challenge and cuts off the Green Knight’s head. Although this section introduces fantasy within the book, it also shows that the Green Knight is evil, since when killed he didn't rise nor fall. Gawain, on the
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