Sir Thomas Malory
One of the greatest examples of chivalry in
literature is Sir Gawain. He epitomizes the chivalric code. In the work,
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain received a test of his honor. In
the midst of the New Year's celebration at King Arthur's Camelot, a man of
mighty stature comes to challenge the Knights of the Round Table. This
Green Knight comes to prove the honor and reputation of King Arthur's
Court. He had heard of their valiant deeds, their truthfulness, and of
their masterful swordsmanship. The Green Knight considered their
reputation as presumptuous, and he came to pierce their pride.
Gawain held true to all the tests presented by the Green Knight, the castle lord, Berkilac, and to the lady of the castle, but one. He could not withstand the temptation of the magical scarf that will bring protection to the one wearing it. This was a test of his love for his life. This love of life was the true character of the knight. In all they did, life was valued and cherished.
Life of Sir Thomas Malory (1405~1471)
The Father of English Prose
d Son of a gentleman in Warwick Shire
d 1442: Knighted.
d 1445: Entered Parliament.
d 1445~51: a series of criminal acts.
d 1451~death: a series of arrests and imprisonment.
d Composed Morte D'arthur in prison.
d Morte D'arthur printed in 1485 by William Caxon