The Use Of Chivalric Code In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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The methods of training and standards of behavior for knights in the Middle Ages, known as the chivalric code, played a major role in Medieval literature. A knight was not only expected to have the strength and skills to be able to fight in the violent and cruel Medieval times, but were also expected to modulate their temper with their chivalrous side and follow these moral codes. The chivalric code consisted of qualities glorified by knights such as bravery, courtesy, faith, loyalty, honor, and modesty. Throughout Medieval literature, the qualities of the chivalric code are shown and repeated throughout each story. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” have many scenes where these chivalric ideals are displayed. Unlike this story, the movie Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail mocked and satirized the chivalric code used in medieval literature. By the mocking and satirization of chivalric ideals in the Middle Ages, the use of bravery, courtesy, faith, loyalty, honor, and modesty in medieval literature are easier to notice and understand.
On the notes taken on Medieval literature, Morte d'Arthur background, and “The Siege of Benwick”, the chivalric codes of the knights are extremely apparent. In Uther’s story, Lady Igraine remained loyal to the Duke of Cornwall when Uther Pendragon was making sexual advances toward her. She could have done the opposite and cheated on him, but she remained loyal to her husband. Similar to that, in the Morte d’ Arthur notes, Sir Gawain
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