Knights and Cowboys

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When thinking of a cowboy you would just think of someone in old ragged clothing. Although, many would prefer to have a knight in shining armor, cowboys are pretty much nothing but knights wearing different clothing. Don’t get me wrong they both have some differences as well, but the way I look at them they are practically the same. They are both very well-known, and have their marks in history. Throughout the course of this essay I will be explaining the major differences and similarities between knights and cowboys.

Both cowboys and knights were always ready for action! They always seemed to follow their leader. They did not show friendship towards many people, knights usually showed their friendship through trust. On the other hand, cowboys showed their appreciation through respect of others. Both knights and cowboys had some sort of form of dueling. Jousting was primarily used for the knights, and standoffs were used for cowboys.There was both a code for knights and cowboys. The knights code was primarily considered to be along the lines of loyalty, honesty, and bravery. The “cowboy code” was basically that you never shoot first and you always tell the truth.

As we compare knights and cowboys we come down to some of the differences they both have. Knights believed that the law was good and should be obeyed. Cowboys felt that the law was wrong. They basically did not rely on anyone but themselves and their gun. Even if they were in trouble they felt like they would be able to take care of themselves. Knights however, sacrificed their lives for one another. Back in the 1880’s if you were called a cowboy this was considered a very big insult. This basically meant that you were a horse thief, robber, or outlaw. Although, being called a knight was a very big honor. Even though their beliefs were completely different, cowboys would seem to act alone, as compared to knights which seemed to act as a group, at the end they would both show a sense of togetherness....
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