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Chivalry in Don Quixote

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Edward Tang

on 12 March 2014

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Transcript of Chivalry in Don Quixote

Not just a code of conduct for courting women.
actually a minor component

An ethical system that involves three main points: military, social, and religious
Constantly evolving and changing
What is Chivalry?
Role in Don Quixote
Don Quixote idolizes Chivalric figures, imitating their behavior.
Parody of Chivalry in Quixote's portrayal, as well as his actions.
Irony in attempting to imitate fictional characters.
Beating of boy and beating of self: expression of Chilvary's impact.

Literary reference: Amadis de Gaula
One of many literary characters that Don Quixote seeks to emulate.
Protagonist of a well-known medieval text of the same name.
Hearkens back to a time where Chivalry was more popular in society.
Contrast between Quixote's deeds, and those of his idol.
Conclusion
Chivalry was an ever changing system of ethics that rose to prominence in the Medieval era (12th-15th century).
Focuses not on romance, but on martial, social, and religious obligations.

Don Quixote was written at the beginning of the decline of Chivalry, but satirizes Chivalry when it was more popular.

Reference to Amadis de Gaula, among others, not only as context for the novel, but also to further parody Quixote's actions.
Aspects of Chivalry
Military
Knight acts as a professional soldier, distinct from others in his weaponry, steed, attendants, and flag.
Emphasized in early iterations of chivalry, e.g. the crusades.
Social
Knight as a social class; ceremony of being knighted.
Obligated to engage in public displays of status, e.g. tournaments.
Brought into focus during late, 15th and 16th century, chivalry
Religious
Knight as a religious figure, acting in the name of God.
Conflicts with martial obligations.
By Edward Tang
Chivalry in Don Quixote
Source: http://raisingagodfearinggeneration.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/02-17-13-3code-of-chivalry.jpg
Examples of Chivalric code introduced as early as the 11th century, rises in popularity during the Medieval era.
Undergoes four periods of change: the crusades, military, secular, and court.
At the time of Don Quixote's writing, Chivalry had transformed into a formality, centered around social obligations.
Sources
http://www.spainthenandnow.com/spanish-literature/amadis-of-gaul-summary/default_69.aspx

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03691a.htm

http://www.usna.edu/Users/history/abels/hh315/Chivalry.htm
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