First Knight display some of the classical aspects of chivalry, with the most prominent aspect being loyalty as is demonstrated in the repeated use of the pledge that the Knights of the Round Table say to each other during initiation ceremonies and during crucial moments of the film, "Brother to brother. Yours in life and death." Lancelot is shown as a flawed man, but an incredibly masculine and chivalrous one and those qualities allow him to be redeemed of his affair with Guinevere and he gains the recognition from Arthur as the quintessential knight moments before Arthur's death, "My truest. My first knight." This is an accurate depiction of the Arthurian lore in the sense that Lancelot's chivalrous nature was enough to earn the forgiveness of Arthur because of Arthur's extremely chivalrous nature, but the rest of the characterizations of Lancelot are more reflective of modern chivalry.
In Titus 3:2 it says “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (ESV).” If there were a verse to symbolize the idea of a perfect knight, it would be Titus 3:2. It exemplifies the rules of chivalry back in the medieval romance period very well. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain illustrates the rules of chivalry and event to the point where some consider him the perfect knight. Unfortunately though, there are times throughout the poem that he displays his imperfections, but do they outweigh all the multiple other positive attributes and decisions he makes? One of his positive qualities that could make him a perfect knight, is his constant humble nature.
Thus, as a knight, valor means that one is honorable and noble. There are multiple ways that honor and valor are shown as a knight. Roland and Oliver show their valor and loyalty through their loyalty for kin, king, and country, through their hardship of battle, and eventually in their death. Before the battle Oliver urges Roland to sound the Olifant. Oliver does not see winding the Olifant as a dishonorable thing to do.
However, Sir Launcelot is not the only sense of moral courage in this story. In “The Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake”, the setting and its tone are two of the many literary elements that develops the theme of moral courage. Sir Launcelot’s tale takes place in a medieval setting, which was complete with loyal knights at the time who were devoted to do nothing more than help and serve their kings such as King Arthur for example. The amount of loyal knights including Sir Launcelot that are depicted in the setting shows plenty of moral courage. In a quote that appears before the tale begins, it describes the loyalty of King Arthur’s knights and how Sir Launcelot du Lake was one of the most loyal by saying, “Of all the knights one was supreme.” (P. 652) Since the medieval setting is the one of the reasons why knights are characterized and existing in this tale, it
At the beginning of the story Gawain is described as a great knight and as a courteous man "the man to whom all excellence and valour belongs, / Whose refined manners are everywhere praised" (911-912). The pentangle that can be found on his shield shows his aspiration to become perfect in each of the five senses. But this aspiration seems to be unattainable at the end of the poem when Gawain is portrayed as the imperfect
During the Medieval times chivalry was one of the most important characteristics a knight could display. Chivalry was viewed as a moral obligation that involved bravery, honor, respect, and gallantry. Knights were expected to uphold this code or face social consequences for any infractions, with punishments ranging from humiliation to termination of their knighthood. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” presents the struggles knights faced with honoring the chivalrous code at all times. Sir Gawain, while imperfect, exhibits qualities expected of knights and embodies the internal struggle between honoring the chivalrous code and giving into selfish desires.
Beowulf Beowulf is considered the embodiment of the Anglo-Saxon culture based on his prestigious qualities and his accomplishments. Some of the qualities of Beowulf are how presents himself as a great leader and shows valor which is very important to Anglo-saxon people. Another Anglo-Saxon quality of Beowulf's is his brute strength and ability to use it correctly. One last reason Beowulf is the embodiment of the Anglo-Saxon people is his social stance becoming king of his village. These reasons given are why Beowulf is the true embodiment of the Anglo-Saxon culture and what it represents.
His pride. The torch of kingdoms. Hart.”(46) Hrothgar was inspired for his idea of being a mighty hall by the Shaper's words. He wants his hall to be gloriously seen. “to stand forever as a sign of glory and justice of Hrothgar’s Danes.”(47) The power of the Shaper's words is shown a it was the underlying factor in Hrothgar's motivation for the successful society he pictured.
The lines 1550-1553 from the Pearl poets epic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight epitomizes two of the most important virtues of a noble knight, and Sir Gawain, the man the story follows, defines what is a true knight. He holds a place next to King Arthur and the queen as well as exemplifying two of a knights most important virtues. The first being chastity and the second being courteousness, both however, are very much entwined in this tale. Throughout this epic and many other Arthurian legends praised these traits in the knight and as we shall see, Sir Gawain although still very much human, is a master of both. The virtue of chastity is extremely important in Arthurian legend and we can see this from examining Gawain’s shield.
Sir Gawain’s chivalric values are also represented in the form of the pentangle designed across his shield. The pentangle represented the five knightly virtues believed to be necessary for all knights: generosity, courtesy, friendship, chastity and piety. It is through the Green Knight’s challenge that these virtues and Sir Gawain’s chivalric values are truly tested and strained. After continuous battles,prayer, and an extremely difficult journey throughout the wilderness, Sir Gawain was lucky enough to come across an enormous