Active Themes The Monk is a good horseman and rides along with a pack of swift greyhounds. Her appearance conforms to the contemporary ideal of a beauty. He is good at borrowing money and was so dignified in business that no one can tell he was in debt, the narrator claims. Active Themes A Shipman rides as well as he could on a carthorse.
On his arm he wears a bright arm guard and carried a sword as well as a dagger. The modern meaning of a small landowner came about much later. In fact hunting itself was considered an immoral activity.
Active Themes The merry, wanton Friar is licensed to beg in a certain district. By pretending to agree that monks should abandon the commands of their orders and go hunting instead of studying in cloisters, the narrator mocks the corruption he sees in medieval monasteries.
Read an in-depth analysis of The Knight. Active Themes The only servant the Knight has with him is the Yeoman, who wears a green hood and coat. He spouts the few words of Latin he knows in an attempt to sound educated.
The Prioress takes pains to imitate courtly manners and to remain dignified at all times. The wily Friar hears the confessions of the wealthy landowners and gives them easy penance to make more money, twisting the spiritual intention of his office to his own material well-being. This particular franklin is a connoisseur of food and wine, so much so that his table remains laid and ready for food all day.
The combination of the awakening physical landscape with the desire to go on pilgrimage mixes bodily lust with religious zeal.
But his exploits are always conducted for love of Christ, not love of glory. Carving was considered to be a very strenuous task. The Shipman is not a good horseman because he is not used to traveling on land.
She has a broad forehead, perfect nose, blue-gray eyes, and thin red lips. Although the institution of chivalry had become decadent in the fourteenth century Chaucer withholds his criticism and instead endows the Knight with all the gentlemanly qualities that are in keeping with his character. He would rather have books than fine clothes or money.
No one could ever find a flaw in his legal documents. He spends more time outside his cloister than he should.
He has taken part in chivalric expeditions in Flanders and northern France. He willingly serves his lords and carves before his father at the table. In the Middle Ages Monks who took delight in hunting were severely condemned by the reformers.
He never speaks ill of anyone.
She is bright and sweet like a small bird, and dresses in a tantalizing style—her clothes are embroidered inside and outside, and she laces her boots high. Active Themes Next in the company comes the Franklin, a white-bearded, cheerful landowner whose main goal in life is pleasure and delight.
She could order them around, use sex to get what she wanted, and trick them into believing lies. He is riding a sleek berry brown horse on his way to Canterbury. The Monk Chaucer presents a corrupt Monk who loves the good life and finds more pleasure in hunting than studying in the cloister.
The Squire has curled hair and, though only of moderate height, is marvelously agile. The fact that the Prioress speaks French shows her desire to adopt the behaviors of a noble lady, since French was the language of the court. The Friar has arranged and paid for many marriages of young ladies.
Fair-haired and glowing, we first see Emelye as Palamon does, through a window. Active Themes Five guildsmen are among the company: He is well known to all the rich landowners and wealthy women in town, as he has full powers of confession and could absolve any sins sweetly and pleasantly.
The first sentence of the General Prologue, is one of the most important 18 lines of poetry in English. The tale aptly fits the character of the Squire, who has been to strange lands and perhaps heard of many strange magical events.
Hs head is bald, and his face glows as if he had been rubbed with oil.Everything you ever wanted to know about The Yeoman in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story, written by masters of this stuff just for you. In Chaucer’s society, a franklin was neither a vassal serving a lord nor a member of the nobility.
This particular franklin is a connoisseur of food and wine, so much so that his table remains laid and ready for food all day. The narrator presents the Canterbury Tales through the frame narrative of the Host’s game.
The Canterbury Tales as they stand today appear, by the Host’s explanation of the game, to be incomplete: each pilgrim is supposed to tell two tales on the way there and on the way back, yet not every pilgrim gets even one tale, and they don’t make it to.
Analysis. We will never know why Chaucer left The Squire's Tale unfinished.
It can be noted that the description of Cambuskan echoes Chaucer's description of the Squire in The Prologue and that the Squire's flowery recitation, despite its moments of beauty, is very often rather silly and too elaborate.
Character Analysis The Squire is the Knight's son, accompanying him on this pilgrimage. We think he's a pretty good squire; after all, Chaucer tells us that he rides a horse well, can joust well, and he carves the meat for the Knight well at dinner.
CHARACTER ANALYSIS The Knight. Chaucer describes an ideal Knight, a "verray parfit, gentil knyght", who conscientiously follows all the social, moral, chivalric, and religious codes of conduct.
Chaucer does not have any particular individual in mind but casts the Knight as an idealistic representative of his profession.Download