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Chivalry The Ideal vs The Reality In this day and age of alleged gender equality women have the same rights and privileges as men do They can work the same jobs be the family bread winner and serve in the armed forces if they so choose and while most women firmly support this parity from time to time when a door is not held open for her or no one offers to help her carry her luggage a woman can be heard to lament Is chivalry dead Pondering this question leads to another query What is chivalry The image of the prototypical dashing knight in armor on his white steed is firmly ingrained in the mind of the Western world yet could he actually be the flawless hero that is imagined today The answer could not possibly be yes Knights were human They had their faults and while viewing them as perfect is simpler acknowledging their shortcomings and the problems associated with the chivalric system is probably more correct In TH Whites The Once and Future King the reader is introduced to character s such as King Pellinore and Sir Grummore who seek to fulfill the chivalric standard but inevitably fall short White attempts to depict the problems related with chivalry through satirical juxtaposition of the ideal of chivalry and its less glamorous and functional reality When Merlin offers to let Wart see some real knights errant60 Wart is overjoyed He is eager to see gallant knights taking part in honorable and glorious combat Merlin says I suppose it will be educational in a way61 but it will not be in the way that Wart expects When Pellinore and Grummore meet they greet each other amiably They decide that they should joust yet neither has a good purpose for doing so What shall we have it for asks King Pellinore Oh the usual thing I suppose says Grummore in reply64 The two knights
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