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  • Knight's Tale
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    Canterbury Tales Character Analysis Chaucer's greatest work came after everything else. Canterbury tales was the last of his literary works. It followed such stories as Troilus and Criseyde. It is considered as one of the greatest works of literature during the English Middle Age. The ironic thing is that it wasn't even finished the way Chaucer had intended it to. He had planned to have over a hundred tales, four for each pilgrim. He ended up with twenty-four, less than one for each pilgrim. One...
  • Tale Of Sir Thopas
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    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of accounts about a journey pilgrims made to and from the Canterbury Cathedral, composed by British writer Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 1300's. "Chaucer greatly increased the prestige of English as a literary language and extended the range of its poetic vocabulary and meters" (Encarta 1). In the tales, the host offers a contest to the pilgrims which requires them to tell four stories during their trip. Chaucer ingeniously integrates the episodes with one ano...
  • Knights And Chivalry
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    Knights and Chivalry Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of medieval Europe. Arising out of the feudalism of the period, it combined military virtues with those of Christianity, as epitomized by he Arthurian legend in England and the chansons de gest e of medieval France. The word chivalry is derived from the French chevalier, meaning horseman or knight. Chivalry was the code of conduct by which knights were supposedly guided. In addition to military prowess and v...
  • Point Through Alison's Tale
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    Michael B. Holmberg, Jr. Canterbury Tale Review The Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath, or Alison, is a worldly woman. Not only has she traveled the world, she has experienced the world, in the sexual manner. Alison herself states this at the beginning of her tale, "Were there no books at all on the subject, my own experience gives me a perfect right to talk of the sorrows of marriage... I've married five husbands... ". (Chaucer 174). The point of Alison's long-winded prologue is to crush the idea th...
  • Ideal Knight Since The 14th Century
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    Satire is a keen literary tool, one that Geoffrey Chaucer used liberally when he wrote his Canterbury Tales as well as Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Webster's New World Dictionary says that satire is "the use of ridicule, sarcasm, etc. to attack vices, follies, etc". These two pieces of literature could be considered the greatest pieces of British Literature during the Middle Ages. They both exercise Satire, Ideals, Prejudices, and Stereotypes, which are used in today's writings and used commonly ...
  • Wife Of Bath's Tale A Knight
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    The Canterbury Tales: The Perfect Love The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer around 1386, is a collection of tale told by pilgrims on a religious pilgrimage. Three of these tales; 'The Knight's Tale', 'The Wife of Bath's Tale', and 'The Franklin's Tale', involve different kinds of love and different love relationships. Some of the loves are based on nobility, some are forced and some are based on mutual respect for each partner. My idea of love is one that combines aspects from each ...
  • Tale By The Wife Of Bath
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    "Sovereignty" or believing that a happy match is one in which the wife has control is the backbone to the story of the wife of bath. When the wife of bath finishes telling her story there are no comments from the other pilgrims. The thoughts of both the parson and the knight will be depicted as I imagine them to be in response to her tale. I can see the parson looking to his left, explaining his displeasures to the monk. They talk of her story with the parson sharing his ideals, and the monk jus...
  • Wife Of Bath's Tale
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    Geoff ery Chaucer wrote his legendary Canterbury Tales in Medieval times when women were considered as servants to their husbands and powerless. This was a time where church and state were one entity and in the church's eyes women were supposed to be gentile and and virtuous. Sexuality and education of women was condemned by the church and state. The clothing during that time also represented the ideals of that time. Their skirts were long and ankles were never to be shown naked in public. Young...
  • Chaucer's Knight
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    The Canterbury Tales: A Character Sketch of Chaucer's Knight Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, written in approximately 1385, is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London, England. Prior to the actual tales, however, Chaucer offers the reader a glimpse of fourteenth century life by way of what he refers to as a General Prologue. Int his prologue, Chaucer introduces all of the characters who...
  • Plot Of Arthurian Romances
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    Writers have reflected the differences in society and individual opinions over many years in their writing by slightly altering the plot of Arthurian Romances to appeal to the interests of their community. Arthurian Romances, at early times, were written with themes of magic and violence whereas legends from later times attributed critical turning points in the plot to the power of love and were more involved, containing a long list of characters. Also affecting the differences in the times are ...
  • Women Through Their Roles In His Tales
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    Most of the Canterbury tales emphasize men and women and the roles that they play. Specifically in marriage, Geoffrey Chaucer has etched out a tradition of literary brilliance. He has taken it upon himself to reverse roles and give women favor over the men. In this way, Chaucer is considered as a pioneer. In several of his tales women are aggressive, self-willed, and powerful. Some of Chaucer's male characters are against tradition too. Men in the Chaucer's tales are passive, na ve, and weak. No...
  • Wife Of Bath's Tale
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    The clerk tells his tale as a rebuttal to the "Wife of Bath's" story, each tale has an opposing view about which sex is more dominant than another. The woman of Bath is a woman that speaks her mind without being afraid of her image, which was very uncommon during this time. She is very knowledgeable about history and real life experiences. She uses the tale of "Metellius, that filthy lout" (270), and religious aspects to support her views. Her belief about the fair treatment of women was a new p...
  • Knight In The Wife Of Baths Tale
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    A Comparison Between Chaucer S Knight, And The Knight From The Wife Of Bath S Tale In his prologue, Chaucer introduces all of the characters who are involved in this fictional journey and who will tell the tales. One of the most interesting of the characters introduced is the Knight. Chaucer refers to the Knight as a most distinguished man and, indeed, his sketch of the Knight is highly complimentary. Another Knight seen in the Canterbury Tales is the rapist knight in the Wife of Bath's Tale, wh...
  • Knight Over The Pardoner In The Story
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    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories, which are told by different characters to serve as entertainment on their journey to Canterbury. The characters who arise during the different tales, and those who tell the tales, play a vital role in understanding the story, and the mind frame of the English people living in the 15th century. Two of the most interesting and diverse characters are the Pardoner and the Knight. These two characters represent the two extremes in the array of storytel...
  • Courtly Love
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    Chaucer's Use of "Courtly Love" Chaucer admired and made use of the medieval "courtly love" romance tradition, although he did not fully "buy into it". The "courtly love" code is based on the woman as the center of attention. The medieval knight suffers greatly for his love, who is often someone else's wife. He will do anything to protect and honor her, remaining faithful at all costs. Adultery and secrecy characterize these relationships. The knight views a woman and experiences true love. The ...
  • Miller's Tale Prizes The Characters
    461 words
    The first tale is told by a Knight recently returned from the Crusades. Because the Knight is presented as a traditional, old-fashioned sort of fellow, it should come as no surprise that he tells a tale of courtly love. What is courtly love? This term refers to a phenomenon of the late middle ages when women were accorded an almost religious status, and the act of seeking a woman's favor took on the flavor of a religious quest. Ironically, however, while women seem to be central to the story, in...
  • Knight's Interest In Gold And Riches
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    The Knight described through his own narrative in "The Knight's Tale" is consistent with Chaucer's satire of the "worthy Knight" described in the General Prologue. Through the Knight's story, the reader is given insight into those ideals truly valued by the Knight, and is found to not exactly live up to the standards of the "ideal knight" which he is often assumed to embody. While the knight truly values the ideals of chivalry; including "Truth and honour, freedom and curteisye", through "The Kn...
  • Knight's Tale And The Miller's Tale
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    . A Comparison of The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale "Yet as good as The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale are alone, their triumph is in dialectic. When read together, they produce a complex literary experience much greater than the sum of their individual parts (Bensen, 135)". Both The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale tell stories of love, with variations of the same beautiful imagery, character, and situation. The Knight's Tale tells a story of the traditional courtly love, while Th...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    The Medieval Period, lasting from 1066-1485, saw the emergence of literature in the British Isles. Although there are records of earlier writings-the most prominent of which is the classic epic Beowulf-literature and writing did not become truly popular until this time period. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of medieval literature is the setting. Most classic pieces of medieval literature are set in a world much unlike the one that the writers lived in. These fantasy realms were o...
  • Specific Prologue To The Physician's Tale
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    The Physician's Tale This story was a fable. Apius, a judge, sees the beautiful Virginia and lusts for her. His accomplice Claudius, invents the story that Virginia is a thrall or slave, rather than Virginius' daughter, and he has unlawfully stolen her from Claudius. Apius, the "judge" rules that Virginius must immediately turn over Virginia to Claudius. Virginius tells his daughter she has only two options, death or shame, and they decide that she should sooner die then meet this fate. He cuts ...

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