Chivalry In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Chivalry In medieval romances there is a hero-knight, this hero-knight prides himself on being chivalrous. Chivalry is the overall code of being respectful, religious, and morally right. Some believe chivalry is dead in our society, but I believe it has just been evolved for modern day life. In “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, the author pokes fun at the court's values of chivalry. During the second half of the 14th century, when the story takes place, chivalry dictates their ranks and their everyday life. Chivalry in the 14th century was based on religion and honoring everyone. A knight that is chivalrous would be religious, protect the weak and defenseless, to live by honer and for glory, to guard the honor of all other knights, to always tell the truth and to be respectful of women. The Green knight takes three swings at Sir Gawain, the first because the knight was of “Lighthearted sport” (line 324), this meant that he was only swinging because of their deal. The second swing was for the two kisses he received from the green knight's wife. He received the third and final stroke because he did not give the Lord the last gift, the sash. This sash made it so whoever was wearing could not be killed under any circumstance. This is how the green knight could walk off just fine after getting his head chopped off. After the third stroke the green knight said to sir gawain: “So Gawain indeed stands out above all other nights. / but you lack of little, sir; you were less than
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