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The rules of chivalry and courtly love are extensive but almost seemingly impossible. It is difficult to be in a situation where each thing has its own rules. The rules that are set seem difficult and some contradict one another.

The art of courtly love states that “nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women,” which is a contradiction of the one above that said “no one can be bound by double love.” As seen in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight even though it may be a contradiction, it seems as though it could be done. Sir Gawain is aware of the rules and shows this because he is still in love with his wife, yet avoiding the hosts wife, but still being polite to the hosts wife. This allows for Gawain to be in a tough situation of being polite and providing for the hosts wife and being polite to the host, as well as keeping true to the rules. As easy as it would be for Sir Gawain to be with the host’s wife he kept true to the rules and did not allow himself to give in to her ways.

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree that these rules are hard to follow and seem impossible. Sir Gawain was somehow surprisingly able to follow them and not just those two but other rules of Chivarly and courtly love as well.

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