A Comparison of Honor
The Middle Ages were a time when honor was considered the most important things one could possess in their lives. Honor was the cornerstone for everything that was good about medieval society and people would do anything to protect what honor they had. The three poems The Franklin's Tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo all have honor as a central theme in the stories they tell us.
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honor. Gawain is, in fact, protecting his eternal, honorable image when he decides to keep his word and go find the Green Knight to meet his death. Honor is Sir Orfeo, in respect to the other two poems, is pushed aside for love. Orfeo decides that love is much more important than the honor that his position as king comes with. Honor is the centerpiece of the three poems and they couldn't exist without it.