Japanese Samurai and European Knights: Were the Similarities Greater Than the Differences?

1090 Words Jul 8th, 2018 5 Pages
I believe we can all agree that Japanese samurais and European knights are two of the most skilled and famous forms of warriors in history, right? Well both warriors began their trade at a very young age, and went through multiple stages of training throughout their lives. They both had a code of honor basically, but they differed from one another in quite a few ways. The big question is, “Were the similarities greater than the differences?”. Right off the bat I began to ponder the technicalities of the answer to this question. Before I get too scrambled up in the technicalities, let’s discuss some these differences and the similarities and figure out how this plays out. Before we conduct this discussion, let’s review our key terms. A clan …show more content…
Document D introduces us into what these great warriors wore as armor for protection in combat. As far as appearance goes, I would say the samurai’s have the edge as it is very mean, scary, and functional. A disadvantage to the armor samurai’s wore, is that when wet, the armor would become very, very heavy from all the absorbed water, according to Document D. European knights wore big, heavy sheets of metal and prevented them from getting back on their horses if they were to be knocked off of them. Document E introduces, “The Code”, each warrior is expected to follow; The Code of Bushido/Chivalry. Both samurais and knights agree to be loyal, and basically agree to not commit any wicked deeds and kill innocent civilians. If a samurai transgresses from, “The Way”, they generally punish themselves, and dishonoring knighthood was the biggest disgrace of all according to Document E. In the final document of this packet, we hit another one of those big controversial decisions I stated in my thesis. In Document F, we are presented with two forms of poetry from both warriors. The samurai gives a very real description of how he perceives life, an honest one. He expresses that he would have mourned his death if he had not already acknowledged that death is a part of being a samurai, he does not fear death because he realizes it is coming.
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