Christian values in warfare (“fair fight”)


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II. WHAT TO LOOK FOR: In both SGGK and First Knight, try to find specific examples of courtly love and chivalry. For example, here are some generally known examples of both; however, you will not find examples of all of these in SGGK or First Knight but you are certain to find some:
CHIVALRY:
Displays of courage
Christian values in warfare (“fair fight”)
Self-sacrifice
Generosity and courtesy in all situations
Gallantry towards women
Nobility, diligence & strength
Integrity and honesty in all dealings
COURTLY LOVE:
Attraction to the lady usually from a distance through the eyes/glance
With some exceptions (Lancelot), the love is generally unattainable or knight may only get a kiss
The knight shows great courtesy to the lady
The knight may be conflicted between his loyalty to the lady’s husband or fiancé and his devotion to her
The knight secretly announces his love for the lady
Rejection by the lady and then possibly lovesickness for her
Heroic deeds of valor to win the lady’s heart (“damsel in distress” is an example)
Secret love between the knight and lady
III. PREPARATION:
A. Be sure to completely read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and locate some examples of chivalry & courtly love – makes notes of these on your copy of the story.
B. Pay attention to First Knight and locate at least two examples of chivalry and two examples of courtly love— write these examples down in your notes.
C. As you watch some selected scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, write down two examples of chivalry being satirized, one of which can be applied to an example of chivalry from SGGK and the other of which can be applied to an example of chivalry from First Knight; also from Monty Python and the Holy Grail write down two examples of courtly love being satirized, one of which can be applied to an example of courtly love from SGGK and the other of which can be applied to an example of courtly love from First Knight.
IV. ESSAY:
A. Introduction: Write an introduction that introduces the themes of courtly love and chivalry; also, define satire and its purpose. Finally, end with a thesis statement which indicates your purpose. Your thesis should focus on how chivalry and courtly love can be satirized.
B. Body Paragraph #1: Focus this paragraph on chivalry, explaining how a real example of it appears in SGGK and how it can be seen in satire in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Use at least one direct quote from the story). In the same paragraph, transition to an example of chivalry in First Knight and, again, explain how this can be seen in satire in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
C. Body Paragraph #2: Focus this paragraph on courtly love, explaining how a real example of it appears in SGGK and how it can be seen in satire in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Use at least one direct quote from the story). In the same paragraph, transition to an example of courtly love in First Knight and, again, explain how this can be seen in satire in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
D. Conclusion: Finish this essay with your own thoughts concerning chivalry and courtly love. Are they to be taken seriously today? Are these romantic ideals still alive? Are they dead or are they dying? Should they be dead or die?
V. Requirements for FINAL COPY:
800-1200 words One self score sheet ON TOP Double-Space Two Peer Critiques UNDERNEATH self score sheet Times New Roman Final copy of essay underneath peer critiques DUE: _________

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