A quick analysis of the character of chaucers knight in the canterbury tales
The narrator a constructed version of Chaucer himself is first discovered staying at the Tabard Inn in Southwark in Londonwhen a company of twenty-nine people descend on the inn, preparing to go on a pilgrimage to Canterbury.
So hoote he lovede, that by nyghtertale He slepte namoore than dooth a nyghtyngale. This is no bookish monk, studying in a cloister, but a man who keeps greyhounds to hunt the hare.
The Miller sold grain and often cheated his customers. He wore a heavy smock and rode a mare in the procession to Canterbury.
And he hadde been somtyme in chyvachie In Flaundres, in Artoys, and Pycardie, And born hym weel, as of so litel space, In hope to stonden in his lady grace.
The squire canterbury tales
When, for example, we find out that the Prioress has excellent table manners, never allowing a morsel to fall on her breast, how are we to read it? The Host welcomes everyone to the inn, and announces the pilgrimage to Canterbury, and decides that, on the way there, the company shall 'talen and pleye' to tell stories and amuse themselves. These tidbits can be garnered by direct and by indirect characterization: what the characters say, how they act, and how others act toward them. The words stand for themselves: and we interpret them as if they come from the pilgrims' mouths. Later on, the Host accuses him of being silent and sullen. The Knight represents the ideal of a medieval Christian man-at-arms. Her table manners are dainty, she knows French though not the French of the court , she dresses well, and she is charitable and compassionate. He enjoyed young women and often gave them small gifts. He is the only pilgrim other than, of course, Chaucer himself who explicitly has literary ambitions: he 'koude songes make and wel endite' line The narrator mentions that his dress and weapons suggest he may be a forester. Other possible sources include the Roman de Troie of Benoit de Ste. The Oxford Cleric loved books and learning. It provides readers with a realistic view of the fourteenth century, with a cross section of medieval society. Many believe that Chaucer modeled this character after himself.
The squire as a story teller[ edit ] Donald Roy Howard describes him as "endearing in his earnest but unsuccessful attempt to match his father's accomplishments as a storyteller".
He travels across his big parish to visit all of his parishioners, on his feet, carrying a staff in his hand. Of twenty yeer of age he was, I gesse. Curteis he was, lowely, and servysable, And carf biforn his fader at the table.
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