Chaucer does not have any particular individual in mind but casts the Knight as an idealistic representative of his profession. 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. Thus the Knight possesses all the traditional chivalric virtues of politeness in speech, consideration for others, righteousness, generosity, helpfulness, and loyalty.
He promises to keep everyone happy, be their guide and arbiter in disputes, and judge the tales. The Knight Socially the most prominent person on the pilgrimage, epitomizing chivalry, truth, and honor.
He stands apart from the other pilgrims because of his dignity and status.
The Miller A drunken, brash, and vulgar man who rudely interrupts the Host, demands that his tale be next, and warns everyone that his tale about a carpenter will be vulgar because it is true. The Reeve A very old and irritable man who was once a carpenter. He is cautious, suspicious, and wise, and one of the more cultivated men among the pilgrims.
Roger, the Cook Known for his cooking and characterized by a chancre sore that runs with pus. His story is incomplete. The Wife of Bath Alisoun Characterized as gat-toothed, somewhat deaf, and wearing bright scarlet red stockings. She has had five husbands the last half her ageenjoys her freedom, and is openly sensual.
Hubert, the Friar A sensual, licentious man who seduces young girls and then arranges their marriages. He loves money and knows the taverns better than the poor houses.
The Summoner An officer of the church who calls people for a church trial. He is as ugly as his profession; he frightens children with his red complexion, pimples and boils, and skin infected with scales.
The Clerk A sincere, devout student at Oxford University who loves learning and is respected by all the pilgrims.
He is very poor because he spends all his money on books. The Merchant A shrewd and intelligent man who knows how to strike a good bargain and is a member of the rich rising middle class.
The Squire A vain, lusty young man and a candidate for knighthood. The Franklin A large and wealthy landowner who enjoys fine living and good companionship. The Shipman A huge, uncouth man who can steer a ship but flounders on his horse. The Prioress Madame Eglantine A very genteel lady who is coy and delicate.
She has precise manners, eats as an aristocrat would, and wears a gold brooch with "Love conquers all" inscribed in Latin. The Physician A doctor who can speak knowingly of medicines, drugs, and humours, and who knows astrology as well.
He is fond of gold and makes a lot of money during the plague season.An overview and analysis of the second tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Miller's Tale," and a focus on narrative point of view, characterization, theme, symbolism, and allusion.
The Canterbury Tales: Character Analysis Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, written in approximately , is a collection of twenty-four stories ostensibly told by various people who are going on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral from London, England.
May 09, · Free Study Guide for The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Previous Page | Table of Contents | Next Page Downloadable / Printable Version CHARACTER ANALYSIS (continued) The Friar.
The Friar, Brother Hubert, is among Chaucer’s portraits of the corrupt clergy. The Friar is a gay, merry, wanton man. Everything you ever wanted to know about The Knight in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Home / Literature / The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story / In The Canterbury Tales, the Knight is a representative of those who belong to the very high social class of the nobility.
His. The Canterbury Tales is the last of Geoffrey Chaucer's works, and he only finished 24 of an initially planned tales. The Canterbury Tales study guide contains a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
The Canterbury Tales Characters Geoffrey Chaucer. The Knight, the first character to tell a story. In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer begins with these famous lines-- This world nys.