scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,845
The Problematic Aspects of the Knightly Code of Honor in Erec and Enide The medieval institution of knighthood lived and died by a code of chivalry that included courage honor loyalty and consideration for others The influences of Christianity and courtly love expanded the code of chivalry to include religious piety as well as refined social grace and manners But despite the respectable nature of all it stood for this knightly code of honor was depicted as having many problematic aspects in Chretien de Troyes Erec and Enide These problems stemmed from a knights sense of pride a feeling of obligation to avenge the wronged and the eternal search for adventure and honor The story begins with King Arthurs wish to revive the custom of the hunt for the white stag The custom is such that whoever kills the white stag has the right to kiss the most beautiful maiden at court This is complicated by the fact that there are at least five hundred beautiful young ladies in attendance whose knights would be greatly angered and insulted if the one that they served was not chosen as the loveliest of all This could obviously cause many fights between the knights since their maidens beauty helped to distinguish them amongst themselves Pride goes hand in hand with knighthood and in this situation much pride would be hurt and possibly cause rifts between friends as well as lovers It was during this hunt that Erec son of Lac accompanies Queen Guinevere and her maid in waiting into the forest A horrible dwarf in service of a knight lashes the lady in waiting for no reason at all The queen asks Erec to approach the knight as a favor to her Erec tries but he too is lashed by the dwarf and because folly is not valor and he feared the knight would kill him he returns to the queen
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA