Love and Tradition in "The Knight's Tale" Book Review

Love and Tradition in "The Knight's Tale"
An examination of Chaucer's work "The Knight's Tale" exploring the aspects of courtly love and medieval traditions.
# 144772 | 1,837 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2010 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how "The Knight's Tale" addresses the medieval concerns of courtly love and the timeless dilemmas of fate and destiny. It looks at how Chaucer's great work, told in iambic pentameter, explores the competition between Arcite and Palamon for the hand of Emily, a captivating maiden. A duel ensues that will decide the winner in a climactic fight for love.

From the Paper:

"The story told by the knight became a means by which Chaucer could manipulate the common held convention of courtly love. The usual characteristics of courtly romance are absent: Not only is the couple that eventually marries actually in love, but there are none of the common incidents of adultery that is often the major theme of courtly romances. The story does remain loyal to the medieval tradition of "love at first sight." If love between two people was to be successful, it was commonly believed, the attraction must be felt instantly. The influences of Destiny, Fortune and Chance were also highly recognized because the medieval world was believed to be a place of mortal woe. In a world where disease, famine and war were common occurrences, it is not surprising that medieval men and women grew fatalistic from the harsh realities of a difficult and short life."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chaucer, Geoffry, Canterbury Tales. International Collectors Library, American Headquarters, 1934.

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