The three similarities between samurai and knights are moral codes, training, and their ranking in feudalism. Moral codes are the first way that the two military figures are similar to each other. In Yamaga Soko’s “The Way of the Samurai,” and Thomas Malroy’s “Le Morte d’ Arthur,” it states that both knights and samurai cannot disobey his or her master (Doc. E) This is important because it shows one similarity between Japan’s swordsmen and Europe’s knights.
According to www.medieval-life-and-times.com, “The Code of Chivalry was a moral system which went beyond the rules of combat and introduced the concept of chivalrous conduct.” (1) While knights needed to be godly warriors, they also needed to set an example for the common people. Being compassionate, protecting the weak and defenseless, maintaining their faith, honoring women, and being humble were some of the many rules of chivalry set forth by the code. There was also an emphasis on piety, or being religious, humility, and chastity. The young knights practiced these rules during their grueling sixteen plus years of
I sacrificed my life for my king. I also showed responsibility compared to the other cowardly shield-bearers (warriors). Beowulf has learned that having heroism is a risk. We must always remember a key idea of the heroic code: a hero must fight- even though he knows that he fights against
Japan’s army followed the code of bushido, and Europe’s army had the code of chivalry (Doc E). Bushido was a code in which the samurais would devote their entire lives to serving their masters (Doc E). Samurais who followed the code of bushido would live life according to the Way, and punishing those who did not live their life working towards the way (Doc E). Samurais believed in the Way and the balance that it depicts (Doc F). Chivalry on the other hand was a code by which the European knights would follow (Doc E).
He says a prince should be fully committed to war and discipline because it is the only responsibility of one who commands. War should be a prince’s only focus and if he is to ever prioritize luxury over war, his title will be
The Samurai were an honorable group of warriors who followed a strict detailed code of conduct called The Bushido Code. Every aspect of their life was dictated by these set of rules in order to live as true loyal men. The Bushido Code not only instructed the Samurai on what to do in times of war or combat, but also how to live during times of peace. Since its origins in feudal Japan, the Bushido Code guided the Samurai on the path of righteousness till death. Today this unwritten, highly discipline code greatly influences numerous aspects of Japan 's current culture and other places in the world.
Feudalism was based largely off of the concept of the comitatus, or war band. Its key institutions included lordship and vassalage. Vassals provided unwavering loyalty and military service in exchange for a grant of land called a fief. This “system” was heavily rooted in the war bands of the Germanic tribes of the first century. In exchange for war booty, warriors would pledge service to seasoned chieftains.
According to the article “Feudalism,” a “vassal, or recipient, performs a ceremony with the suzerain, or overlord, to declare loyalty.” The vassal swears an oath stating that they will perform and complete requests made by the suzerain. Similar to the vassal, the knights must also swear loyalty of protecting the king and the citizens. On the other hand, a high school student has a choice to be serious in his or her education. A high school student is usually dependent; however, they do have a choice to either learn and pass, or recede and fail causing one’s level of loyalty to exude.
After the dramatic change in the political power the Samurai served a real and powerful purpose to the warrior caste. These warriors were built for combat and were always prepared during the war period. Completed with a full set of armor the warriors also followed a strict spiritual set of laws. This set of spiritual conduct was called the “Bushido Code.” The “Bushido Code” is better known as the Way of the Warriors.
The gossiping of a divorcee is everyone’s favorite topic in Hmong society. Women and men would ask each other how could I show up to such a joyful event. I would know because I grew up listening to them talk about an older cousin who refuses to marry. A divorcee can steal the spotlight of the bride and groom and seduce men to take her on as a second wife. A wedding shouldn’t make a guest feel ashamed of a life decision.
Medieval times were a time when honor was valued above all other qualities. All knights, the highest models of medieval manhood, adhered to a code of chivalry. When properly followed, this code allowed men to be truly honorable. Among the qualities most highly esteemed were integrity, loyalty, and courage. The clearest examples of chivalry were King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain is described as a perfect embodiment of Solomon’s Pentangle. Before Sir Gawain rides off to receive the Green Knight’s blow, he has the Pentangle painted onto his shield. All five points of the pentangle on Sir GAwain’s shield symbolize a virtue of a perfect knight. They are the Five sense/ witts, the five fingers, the five wounds of Christ, the five joys of Mary, and the 5 virtues. The five virtues are generosity, sociability, courtesy, compassion/piety and purity.
The sacrifices of a samurai were not easy. They gave up their own lives to serve the lives of their masters. By doing so, they would miss major achievements of their own children and were just a thought or memory to friends and families. Samurais had to face the toughest training and endured gruesome battles. At the same time, about 4,200 miles away (6,772 km), European knights were doing the same.
It is so easy to point out the flaws in others, but how difficult and painful it is to address one’s own flawed life. In commentaries on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Grogan addresses the faults within Gawain through Lady Bertilak, and Shoaf acknowledges Gawain’s sin, and Benson emphasises Gawain’s subtle obsession with his identity. Nedra C. Grogan in her essay “Mulier est hominis confusio: The Green Knight’s Lady” approaches the lady in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in a different view than other critics. Grogan points out that many neglect the importance and significance that lady Bertilak serves, and therefore closely analyzes the lady in her personality, abilities, and her purpose in the poem.
A Code of Conduct In the Medieval era, aristocrats considered knights the nobility in feudal society. Arthurian Knights are equipped with weapons and armor, while partaking in violence and bloodshed. As highly skilled fighting men, they hold power over other members of society. The only way to restrain a knight’s actions is through chivalry, or a code of conduct they have to follow. Without chivalry, Gawain, the “Prologue” knight and the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” knight would not have been able to call themselves knights.