Chivalry in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Chivalry in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale"
An analysis of the chivalry and social codes in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
# 35526 | 650 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper addresses "The Knight's Tale" from Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in respect to the characterization of chivalry within the story. The paper explores "The Knight's Tale" and shows how the characterization of the Knight himself, as well as the characters within his Tale, is focused on promoting a sense of honor based upon the codes of chivalry. However, the paper also discusses how despite the emphasis on these codes, Chaucer also demonstrates how codes that can be restructured or ignored completely are fundamentally worthless.

From the Paper:

"The Canterbury Tales" is one of the most prominent examples of early British literature, and the characterization found within the tales demonstrates many of the priorities of British society at the time of Chaucer's original writing. The tale begins with the story of the Knight, and this story both serves to set the tone of the entire work and also demonstrates how the Knight himself set out to uphold the deeds of his trade yet is hypocritical in doing so.
"The Knight's Tale is unique within the "Canterbury Tales" as it does not have a prologue which established the character of the Knight, but rather asks the reader to read the general prologue to establish the character and motivation of the Knight. The Knight is cast as a nobleman and is father to the character of the Squire, and as he is the most prominent figure making the pilgrimage it is the Knight who is encouraged to open the "Canterbury Tales"."

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