In 500-750 words, and drawing on what you know from class lectures, discussion sections, and The West, discuss how you think Chrétien might be using Lancelot’s decision to ride in the cart to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of chivalry? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this decision? As you craft your answer, reflect on what chivalry means and when it emerged in time.

The best way to approach this essay is to 1) discuss the time and place in which Chrétien was writing (i.e. context: what were the most significant concerns of elite people like him at the time?), then 2) very briefly summarize the text, then 3) closely analyze Lancelot’s decision to ride in the cart. What kinds of language does Chrétien use to describe this decision? What are the consequences or outcomes of this decision? Given your answers, does Chrétien think that Lancelot’s decision was a noble one?

You should not rely on any outside sources for this essay, only sources assigned in class. Please note: if you decide to consult outside sources for this essay, they must be cited or their use will be considered an act of plagiarism, i.e. a failure to identify the original source of words or ideas. All acts of plagiarism will be penalized with failure of the assignment in a grade of 0.

Keep in mind: Your essay should have a thesis statement that sums up your answer to the question about how Chrétien feels about Lancelot’s decision to ride in the cart. Your essay should also include textual evidence that serves to back up or demonstrate your points.

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