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Chivalry and Knighthood in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

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Kirsten Johnson

on 14 November 2014

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Transcript of Chivalry and Knighthood in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Chivalry and Knighthood in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
What is chivalry and/or knighthood?
What do you know about it?

Chivalry refers to a medieval code of honor that was commonly followed by knights
What is chivalry?
Is chivalry dead in today's society?
Why or why not?
This code of honor is made up of five main principles:
Fellowship - friendly association with those who share interests
Purity - free of sin, guilt, and evil thoughts; innocence
Courtesy - being polite in attitude and behavior to others
Compassion - sympathy and concern for others' misfortune
Generosity - being kind and giving to others
Knights often wore the sign of the pentacle to symbolize the five principles of chivalry
The knight from Canterbury Tales
In medieval times, knights were considered outstanding citizens. Many people who were not knights did their best to live by the code of chivalry because it was an admirable code for anyone to live by.
Write your own code of chivalry for modern times. Include five elements and explain why you chose each one
Label each point on the pentacle with an element of the code of chivalry.
On the back, give two(2) examples of each part of the code.
King Arthur
The Green Knight
Sir Lancelot
Sir Gawain
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Heraldry was developed to identify knights during jousting events based on their shield design
Shields depicted:
geometric shapes
other symbols
symbolic colors
Medieval Period
Modern Period
Design Your Own Shield!
Gold/Yellow - wealthy; generous
Silver/White - peaceful; pure
Blue - truthful; loyal
Green - wisdom; joy; hope
Red - militant; fortitude; passionate
Black - secretive; grief
Purple - royal; dignified
Unicorn - purity; Christ; innocence
Griffin - wisdom
Pheonix - full of life; survival
Dragon - fierce opponent
Boar/ Hog - stubbornness; perseverance
Stag/Deer - Peaceful until provoked
Wolf - social; hunts in packs
Lion - bravery; Christ
Eagle - noble; power; strength
Bear - protector; family
Dove - peaceful; pure
Fox - tricky opponent
Swan - musical; poetic; artistic
Tortoise - steady; invulnerable
Spider - hardworking; wise
Goat - rule-breaker; defiant
Explain your choices on the back!!!
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