Jkaufman6 Blog Post 3

After examining The Code of Chivalry and The Rules of Courtly Love, it is evident that every rule can not be completed abided by. In fact, the rules often contradict one another. While these codes offer guidelines for the knights and warriors they often contradict themselves. For example, in the Code of Chivalry, it is stated that you must exhibit manners and obey the requests of the host. However, in the Rules of Courtly Love, it is clearly stated that one should not partake in any type of love affair. The contradiction in these rules allows a knight to justify any of their actions which makes it difficult to analyze the true character of a person.

In the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain ventures through the many expectations of being a noble knight. In my opinion Sir Gawain was a noble Knight who did many things right. For example, when he journeys out to find the Green Knight, the lord of the castle takes him in along with his lady and the old woman. Throughout his stay Gawain is very respectable to the host and treats them with the upmost kindness. His different interactions with the host wife allows the reader to question Sir Gawain’s character. However, Gawain in the eyes of The Code of Chivalry, presented good character in following the wishes of the lady. Gawain upheld his honor throughout the many different challenges that were presented. He had to follow his quest without a lover or mistress in the sake of his nobility. Sir Gawain faces many flaws that allows us to connect with him. His journey in finding the Green Knight and risking his life to uphold his end of the bargain, show his true status as a noble Knight. Although the rules of Courtly Love and the Code of Chivalry present contradicting paths, it is clear that Sir Gawain did everything in his power to remain a Knight of honor.

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    This is a good post. I like how you noticed that many of the rules contradict each other, I never really noticed that until now. The example you had with the affair and respects of the host doesn’t quite make sense. I like how you compare the rules with Gawain on how he had to follow his quest to gain nobility and show his true status of a knight.

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