The Code Of A Warrior

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Assessing the code of a warrior can come about in many ways and sometimes can be very unclear as to what exactly is the code of warrior. When it comes to the Samurai and the Arthurian knight, their codes are much clearer. These two warrior codes have many similarities but have very distinct differences that make them unique to their own code. The Arthurian knights and the Samurai both served for someone higher than them and thus, both fell within the same rank in their respective areas. The Arthurian knights fell below their lords and the king. The Samurai fell below their daimyo and the shogun. Both the Samurai and the knight could be and were considered athletes. They both participated in tournaments. For the Samurai this was kendo, a form of martial arts, important to their culture. As for the Arthurian knight, these tournaments were for jousting and were highly important to the bond and way of the Knights of the Round Table. This was seen as an act to not only keep older knights active and younger newer knights’ well trained but was also seen as a fundamental need for the Arthurian knights. Jousting was also a way for a knight to gain honor. Each warrior were similar in that they both followed a set of formal rules. For the Samurai this was the Bushido and strict rules of chivalry for the Arthurian knights. The Samurai saw the Bushido as not just any set of rules that had to be followed by but a way of life. It was an honor that could not be broken. This is one of the distinct differences between the Samurai and the Arthurian knights; honor. Honor was of the utmost importance in Japan. The Japanese saw suicide as an honorable way to end one’s life and in doing so, the Samurai would much rather commit hara-kiri then face disho... ... middle of paper ... ... I find more appealing; however I would have to go with the Arthurian knights because their code was more explicit. It had to encompass everything that was a knight and not be over demanding and unclear. The Arthurian knights were emotionally expressive, which aids in moral judgment, but they also justified self-pity and had the tendency to be unreflective or impetuous. This can be beneficial because quick reflexes and reactions are absolutely necessary when at war but can also lead to unnecessary trouble especially when in the world of the knight, the fear of public recognition is much worse than being knowledgeable of what one has done. And so the Arthurian knight needed a code that could keep all of this attributes in line and that is what their Road Table Oath did. It encompassed everything that was of knightly behavior without being over demanding and unclear.

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