Temple Of Mars: From Chaucer's A Knights Tale

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Geoffrey Chaucer’s chivalric tale, The Knight’s Tale, is an illustration of a romantic genre for it is main concern with themes of love, faith, and arms. The plot of the tale focuses on two honourable men who passionately fall in love with a virtuous maiden, possessing beauty irresistible to the male gaze. However, this love, or infatuation with beauty, has no indication of sensuality from either man. Although there is much disdain between Palamon and Arcite, they do not attempt to discredit but, treat one another with complete chivalry and honour. Of course, the tale is well known as an anachronism; however, the main protagonists emulate the ancient Romans in mythological and pagan practiceof reverence. Amongst the temples of Diana and Venus; Mars takes lead in interest. Chaucer depicts Mars as a figure who induces, or promotes, the conflicting and chaotic elements of destruction and warfare.However, his depiction of war falls into two categories. Chaucer illustrates the good and the bad elements of war in his description of the artisticwalls in the temple of Mars. Temples are known to represent otherworldly figures presiding over man and his actions. Accordingly, by worshiping these figures, both knights are entrapped by governed fate. Mars’ temple is remarkable in the sense that its walls display images of disasters similar to those within his temple in Thrace. It is defined as a “grisly place” (1971) with scripture covered walls of fear, fire, anger and blood. However, the details the protagonist goes into have only some connection with warfare. He begins by describing the first image on the wall as containing a gradient forest that is abandoned and filled with dead tree stumps. The painting is so life like, that whoever is looking at it can hear the noises of the woods creaking and the wind howling. Interestingly, at the bottom of this hill, a temple is
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