Theme Of Chivalry In King Arthur

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Many points of chivalry are depicted in many different ways within the story of “Arthur.” Chivalry is seen in many cultures, and some are more strict than others. A few aspects, particularly shown by knights, is the code of honor, respect, courage, dignity, loyalty, and truthfulness. Among the other forms of chivalry, many knights showed loyalty and dignity as their main point. Also, within the story, courage and truthfulness were more examples of the way knights showed chivalry. Lastly, and possibly the most important aspects of chivalry that were shown within the story, were honor and respect. The ability of a knight, to encompass every one of these points means that he is a holy and good knight. As stated by Tamora Pierce in her book,…show more content…
During the battle between Mordred and Arthur, it is said that many knights died during their service. As stated within the story, “And never since was there never seen a more dolefuller battle in no Christian land, for there was but a rushing and riding, lunging and striking….and many a deadly stroke…..Then was King Arthur wood-wroth out of measure when he saw his people so slain from him. And so he looked about him, and could see no more of all his host and good knights left no more on-live, but two knights.” It is quoted previously, that most men died, except for two. This, in itself, shows the level of loyalty that the knights had for their king, and that they would fight, and die for them at any given point in time. Also, the knights showed dignity through various acts, such as fighting and dying for their king, and also by fighting for the name of the queen. Within Aristotle’s work known as, Ethics, he states, “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” Aristotle believed that a man should be able to admit his accidents with dignity and grace, meaning that he should live to a simpler form of chivalry in respect to the ability to be humble and honest in his mistakes. Also, the ability of a knight to be truthful and honest is another key aspect to the code of…show more content…
Respect has always been of large importance within every nation and country, however, it seems as though that in the time of King Arthur, respect became one of the most important showings of chivalry within knighthood. As explicated within the story, “Then Sir Bedivere took the King upon his back and so went with him to that water’s side, and when they were at the water’s side, even fast by the bank floated a little barge with many fair ladies in it.” This quotation exemplifies exactly how much respect is shown for King Arthur by his knights. He is wounded and is carried to the lake’s edge on the back of his knight. This act of humility and respect shown by Sir Bedivere is one that stands out as one of the most exemplary acts of chivalry within the entire story. Knighthood surrounds years of preparation and training, and with it, knowledge and wisdom comes; not just about material knowledge, but about common knowledge that will help a knight rise in the ranks. Being an honest, true, courageous, and respectful knight brings honor and respect back to the
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