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In The Canterbury Tales Geoffery Chauser illuminates the na ve viewpoint of the narrator in the descriptions of the characters This is shown by the way the narrator often extols the characters despite some obvious discrepancies The Cook is an example of this The narrator describes the cook as being a more than adequate chef yet in the middle of the description he throws in That on his shine a mormal hadde he Chaucer 388 This passage is making reference to an ulcer on the Cook s shin which is showing him as not the cleanest of individuals Moreover one can see a more worldly individual would have had a hard time looking past the Cook s sordid appearance especially in relation to the food he made Even worse is the fact that his description of the Cook s abilities comes probably from what the cook had said to the narrator rather than actual experience with his food although the narrator does make specific reference to the Cook s pudding This willingness to believe in a characters testimony is also evident in the description of the Knight The narrator expresses the Knight s astonishing military accomplishments without doubt of the Knight s exaggeration Yet the many conquests the Knight said his took part in occurred all over the world Above alle nacions in Pruce Prussia in Lettuo had he reised campaigned and in Ruse Russia no Christen man so ofte of his degree in Gernade Granada at the sege eek hadde he be Of Algezir and riden in Belmarye at Lyeis was he and at Satalye Chaucer 53-58Anyone with a vague knowledge of geography would have realized that the Knight could not have possibly taken part in all these campaigns The narrator s failure to recognize this shows the extent to the narrator s naivety Furthermore a reader might often find that the narrator is not really sagacious in his judgment of the characters
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