King Arthur Chivalry Analysis

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Sir Lancelot once declared, “No, it is not foolish, for once a person acts shamefully, he can never recover his honor.” (438) As the quote indicates, protecting one’s honour of his role was quite critical to the social structure in the novel written by Homer, King Arthur. The king’s close ties with the knights were only made possible because of the men’s act of chivalry, loyalty, and respect of individual value. Even hints of democratic-like conventions were demonstrated throughout the myth. Each knight’s view of mankind, the way one regarded another beyond their power and ranking was how the courteous society was formed. A knight’s chivalry was what lead them to be respected as they were. An act of chivalry is described as the qualifications…show more content…
Since young, Arthur showed admiration of his brother’s abilities in combat and appreciated his foster family for their comfort and guidance. When he declared as the king of Britain, he receives approval from all his subjects and proves himself right on being a born leader by treating each one with generosity and in sometimes, strictness. But above all else, the Round Table is the ultimate example of recognition of individuality. As a gift from Sir Leodegrance, Arthur’s father-in-law, the table presented an unique concept: “whenever the knights meet, their thrones, their services, and their relationship to one another will be equal”. (433) The culture of only the king speaking his opinion shifted so all people seated at the table had equal say in matters. Because of Arthur’s method of governing, the knights were able to speak of their thoughts and conclusively feel their significance in taking part of their role in society. As was previously stated, the knights’ sentiment of one another was how the civil nation of Britain formed. Dignity of one’s position in the social structure and recognition of the others’ brought the empire to unity. With the blindfold of status individual’s power and wealth was left unseen when speaking of his opinion, eventually directing Arthur, the boy who once started as a squire, to become a legendary British leader. Till his death, the epic
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