Characters and Their Tales The Knight

Charactersand Their Tales

TheKnight

Arguably,the Knight is the most decorated character in the prologue. In fact,he rides at the forefront of the processions described in thePrologue. The Knight has unique and admirable characters that befitthe description of army general in a traditional sense. In thePrologue, the Knight’s portrait captures the fine characters of theKnight:

AtAlisaundre he was whan it was wonne.

Fulofte tyme he hadde the bord bigonne

Abovenalle nacions in Pruce

InLettow hadde he reysed and in Ruce

NoCristen man so ofte of his degree

InGernade at the seege eek hadde he be

OfAlgezir and riden in Belmarye.. (51 -56)

Fromthis passage, the Knight has wide experience of campaigning, he ismotivated by religious feelings, he is worthy in that he has attaineddistinction by honorable means. Consequently, the Knight is paintedas gentle, objective, meek, and mannered.

Basedon these characters, the next story that the Knight would tell wouldbe about a man who has risen from humble beginnings to achieve greatthings in life. The Knight is a man who believes in success throughhard work. In the Prologue to the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, he isdeeply upset to hear stories of tragic falls, as described by thenarrator he would rather her of “joye and gree solas.” Being amannered man, stories about characters who scale the tide of lifewith courage, overcoming every challenge across their lives would beof great inspiration to the Knight. In addition, such a story wouldhave a love angle with a happy ending in it because romantic mattersalso intrigue the Knight.

References

Chaucer,G. TheCanterbury tales: the prologue.

Characters and Their Tales The Knight

Charactersand Their Tales

TheKnight

TheKnight is arguably one of the most decorated characters within theprologue. We are introduced to this character through the narrator,who recognizes the Knight as the noblest of pilgrims. There is aprocession described in the prologue, in which the Knight rides atthe forefront. The Knight rides at the front of the processiondescribed in the prologue, and he possesses an admirable and uniquecharacter befitting any army general in the traditional sense.

Fromthe prologue, we can infer that the knight has had an illustriousmilitary career, one primarily motivated by his religiousinclination. In this regard, he has fought adherents of the RussianOrthodox religion in Russia and Lithuania, as well as Muslims inTurkey, Spain, and Egypt. Apart from this, the knight is furtherportrayed as being objective, gentle, mannered, and meek.

Basedon these traits, the story I believe would be told by the Knightwould essentially be a “rags to riches” story, describing him asa man risen from humble beginnings to attain great success and statuson life. The Knight firmly believes that hard work is the key tosuccess.. In the Prologue to the tale of the Nun’s Priest, theKnight is greatly upset by stories of tragic fall, whereby he wouldrather hear of “joye and gree solas” [ CITATION Cha94 l 1033 ].Due to his mannered culture, the Knight would undoubtedly be inspiredby tales of people who scale the tide of life with courage. Since theKnight is equally fascinated with romantic intrigues, his story wouldhave a romantic, happy ending. Therefore, the Knight would tell astory of chivalry, courage, and love.

References

Chaucer, G. (1994). The General Prologue. In The Canterbury Tales (p. 1). Mineola, New York: Dover Publications.