Analysis Of Geoffrey Chaucer 's ' The Canterbury Tales ' Essays

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Age and Immaturity
It is a universal truth that with age comes maturity. This composition will analyze the correlation of age and maturity in the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, focusing exclusively on The Canterbury Tales. By analyzing the Knight, the Squire, “The Squire’s Tale,” and “The Miller’s Tale,” one can see a positive correlation between age and level of maturity. In Chaucer’s writing as the age of an individual increases, his level of immaturity decreases. Adolescence, or youth, is seen as a time of confusion, overindulgence, and ardor. English literature has proven that “the way that youth are depicted…remains remarkably stable over time” (Violato and Wiley). Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales, corroborates the notion of the correlation concerning age and maturity.
The Knight is perhaps the most mature and most educated of the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales. Described as a worthy man who loves chivalry, the Knight is given a representation that stands out from the other pilgrims. The Knight’s description “focus[es] on moral attributes rather than on details of his physical appearance” (Rossignol). The knight is said to love “trouthe and honour, freedom and curteisye,” which aides in the belief that he is a well-rounded and mature individual (Chaucer 244). There is not a big surprise that the Knight is the first pilgrim that Chaucer introduces to the reader. Rossignol believes that an argument could be made that the Knight and Squire are introduced first…

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