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During the Middle Ages knights lived their lives following the chivalric code In anessay define the chivalric code and prove how Gawain in Sir Gawain and the GreenKnight is both a laudation and a condemnation of the chivalric code The code of chivalry is a collaboration of virtues including loyalty honestycourteousness obedience chastity prowress courageosness valor and truthfulness When a Medieval man becomes a knight he vows to follow the code of chivalry Thiscode evolved from the values of the Christian religion and exemplifies perfection to theutmost extremesA knight abiding by these rules does not fight for man but for mankindan ideal or an abstraction including fighting for womenSir Gawain is known as the epitome of chivalry He abides by the chivalric code atall times Gawain carries a sheild with a pentangle on the front and a picture of Mary onthe back The pentangle itself represents Gawains character and his beliefs byrepresenting strength chivalry Christianity joy and faultlessness The author statesThe five of the five fives followed by this knightWere beneficence boundless and brotherly loveAnd pure mine and manners that non might impeachAnd compassion most precious--these peerless fiveWere forged and made fast in him formost of men The chivalric hero rarely fights in defense of man but mostly for defense ofmankind an ideal or an abstraction Sir Gawain steps up to the Green Knight to defendthe chivalry of King Arthurs court when the embarrassed king attempts to participate inthe Green Knights game a game in which the king had no place to play He obeys hisknightly code of honor loyalty courage valor and courtesy by volunteering and by usingthe most courteous words to release Arthur of this knightly duty Gawain saysI am the weakest I wot and the feeblest of wit And it will be the less loss of my life if ye seek sooth His humbleness is of his heart and he knows that he is giving his life away for the
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