Analysis Of The Knight And His Tale

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An Analysis of the Knight and His Tale in The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales, a poem consisting of several tales told by various pilgrims, is perhaps the most well known work of Geoffrey Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales Chaucer introduces the pilgrims in the general prologue many of the pilgrims in a satirical manner. In prologue to The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer introduces the Knight as “a true perfect gentle-knight,” (5) who exemplifies the code of chivalry. The tale that the Knight later narrates is appropriate because it tells of two knights fighting for the hand of the same maiden while remaining chivalrous. The image of a knight was not always romantic nor was it noble. It was not until after the Norman Conquest that the term “knight” began to signify nobility. As the image a knight shifted to represent an elite member of society, The Catholic Church developed a chivalric code in order to govern the behavior of knights. (Rogers 263-264). According to chivalric code, knights were bound to defend society, treat women with honor and respect, remain faithful to God, and exemplify courtly love, the desire or a need to serve a noble woman (Rogers 100). However, while most knights attempted to follow the chivalric code very few of them were able to become perfect knights (Corrick 35). The concepts of chivalry and a perfect knight are prominent in Chaucer’s description of the knight in the general prologue (Rogers100-101). Becoming a night worthy of such a
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