Honors English 4
September 15, 2014
Chivalry Then And Now
Chivalry was created in the middle ages as a way for Knights to communicate with women. Although it started long ago it still affects our lives today in some shape. It is still mainly thought of that men will chase after a woman they admire. In the same respect they showed a nonsexual honor of a woman who was set above them, which still in today’s culture. Lastly it made pathways to romance literature which many authors still embrace today.
In many places today it’s considered a man’s job to chase after a woman for romantic reasons. For example, its mainly boys who ask girls on first dates, for their numbers, and to prom. This began back in the middle ages when men would show attention to one woman they wanted to pursue. This also shows how monogamy was important and still is. The average modern relationship has started from a man pursuing someone he was interested in.
In addition to that the women are seemingly “set above” the men. Men show a nonsexual honor towards them in the beginning of the relationship. In today’s society this can be related to why girls won’t “kiss on the first date.” They’re looking for the guy to respect them enough to wait out, and show a different type of honor.
Lastly, it made a new genre of literature, Romantic. For the first time authors were making relationships the new focus of readings. Now in modern time, most books, plays, and movies focus of relationships and courting that reflect chivalry of the middle ages. It was a long lasting effect on literature.
In conclusion, many of the aspects of chivalry are still affecting our lives today. It is still expected that a man would make the first move towards a woman he admired. Women still are “set above” the men who chase after them, and at first men are expected to “honor” their women in a nonsexual way. Romance literature is now one of ...
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