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The Canterbury Tales: The Knight, the Squire, & the Yeoman

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Timothy Wilson

on 30 January 2015

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: The Knight, the Squire, & the Yeoman

The Knight is a noble man who fights for truth and for Christ rather than for his own glory or wealth. He has traveled victoriously throughout many heathen lands. The Knight is one of the few characters whom Chaucer praises wholeheartedly; he is a genuine example of the highest order of chivalry.
The Knight is dressed in a fustian tunic stained dark with smudges, as well as his knightly armor.
The Knight
Elizabeth Riggs, Cody Bennett, & Clay Wilson
The Canterbury Tales: the Knight, the Squire, & the Yeoman
The Squire is a young knight in training, a member of the noble class. While he is chivalrous and gentle, he is not quite as perfect as his father, the Knight, who wears fine clothes and is vain about his appearance. The Squire is being trained in both the arts of battle and courtly love. He wears a hunting horn and a St. Christopher medal; his hair is curly, and he is of a strong, moderate stature.
The Squire
Chaucer does not describe the Yeoman in much detail within the Prologue. He focuses primarily upon the Yeoman's outward appearance, and also provides in brief detail his daily life. The Yeoman is dressed in a green coat and hood, and carries peacock-feathered arrows, a dagger, and bow. The Yeoman keeps his arrows in good condition, and is an excellent forester who tends to the Knight’s land.
The Yeoman
After a description of the spring, Chaucer--the narrator--consecutively introduces each of the pilgrims. The form of the General Prologue is in estate satire; Chaucer is describing characters from each of the three medieval estates (church, nobility, and peasantry) with various levels of mockery.
General Prologue
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