Charactersand Their Tales
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.
Chaucer,G. TheCanterbury tales: the prologue.