Canterbury Tales Essay

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The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, there is a collection of stories, each centering around one main character who has to bypass a challenge put within his or her path, or risk various types of consequences. While this can be described as a series of tragic novels, I personally believe that the stories can each be related to current, past, or even future events that people can and have gone through. While in The Canterbury Tales our protagonists are shown to be more than just heroes or excellent at what they do, it also shows a varying degree of injustice that the reader would see as wrong, or even corrupt. The narrator often compares, through a series of ironies, what a character should be compared to what they actually are. Additionally, key words are used to condition the reader to not only link the character to a descriptor, but also to show irony. It is no mistake that “’worthy” is the first adjective used to describe him (43) it is repeated in lines 47, 50, 64, 68”. (Huppe, p. 31). This can be compared to a real-life counterpart of a person in a similar stance, such as the Knight, whom despite being a soldier and a warrior, actually greatly attempts to avoid any kind of conflict, preferring to settle things in a more peaceful matter. This can be compared to a modern soldier, as it is not unheard of in modern days for a soldier to despise killing and fighting others. It also illustrates the point that “Life is unpredictable; it isn’t fair and comes with joys and sorrow”. (Richards-Gustafson, n.d.). The Squire within the tales is a charming knight-to-be, with his father being the current Knight of high prestige. However, despite their similarities in the aspects that they both dislike things being handled violently, the Squire is attempting to attain the position by love over crusading. This can be interpreted as a father-son relationship

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