Challenges And Morality In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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American actress Marilyn Monroe once said, “Respect is one of life’s greatest treasures” (par 11). In medieval times, knights were highly respected in society. These mounted warriors not only received, but rightfully deserved respect from all in society. Medieval communities were captivated by knighthood and its fearless, yet gentle soldiers. Undoubtedly, knighthood was often a common theme in literature and characterized the medieval period. In the renowned British literature classic, The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 1300s, Chaucer follows a diverse group of pilgrims heading from London to Canterbury on a pilgrimage. Chaucer’s Knight is the first pilgrim listed and described as a highly admired figure in society. …show more content…
Throughout Chaucer’s work, he offers many satirical comments, slyly alluding to the corruption which inundated many of the prominent leaders in his life. Because Chaucer failed to contribute the slightest hint of irony, the reader can infer that Chaucer admired the Knight and his acts of valor he accomplished in his lifetime. Chaucer describes him as the “most distinguished man, / Who from the day on which he first began / To ride abroad had followed chivalry, / Truth, honour [sic], generousness and courtesy” (4). Chaucer specifically listed the chivalric qualities which form an ideal knight. His sanctimonious Knight has successfully followed his oath he vowed to abide by for the remainder of his life and, therefore, why Chaucer’s characterization lacks pungent …show more content…
In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the Knight is an ideal, honest knight. Described as a highly respected figure in society, Chaucer gives no satirical comments and offers nothing but praise for this man of arms (Rossignol 138). By offering no ironic interpretation, unlike most of Chaucer’s pilgrims, the Knight is often referred to as an ideal knight. The tale the Knight narrates is the first told in The Canterbury Tales due to the Knight’s status. In The Knight’s Tale, the Knight reflects his steadfast personality by describing two knights following the code of behavior. Their courtesy extended from respectable battle tactics to gentle service to ladies. Overall, Chaucer’s glorified description of the Knight tells readers how appreciative he is for the Knight’s pureness. In remembering Marilyn Monroe’s quote, the highest respect Chaucer offers to the Knight is treasured. In medieval times, infamous for the corruptness of society, the Knight’s immaculate nature is remarkable as is his allegiance to God and his people which Chaucer depicts so clearly and eloquently in The Canterbury

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