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Knights in "The Canterbury Tales"
A comparative analysis of the portrayal and use of knights in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales".
# 48902 | 1,046 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how the narrator in the Prologue of "The Canterbury Tales" paints a noble view of the Knight as a distinguished man who practiced chivalry, truth, honor, generosity, and courtesy. It looks at how, although the narrator may have an ideal view of the noble Knight, Chaucer has another. Through an analysis of some of the tales, such as "The Knight's Tale" and "The Miller's Tale", it examines how Chaucer is actually setting the stage for satire.

From the Paper:

"Another knight that appears less than nobles is mentioned in the Wife of Bath's Tale. In fact, this knight seems to be the opposite of the knight described in the prologue because he actually commits rape. We are told he is a knight "who was a lusty liver" (300), and despite the maiden's begging, he "by very force he took her maidenhood" (300). Clearly, this act violates all of the chivalric codes. This knight is not completely without merit, hot he does keep his word to the old lady when she supplies him with the correct answer to the question that will save his life. As with the knights in the Knight's Tale, Chaucer is presenting the knights with a combination of noble qualities as well as very human qualities."

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