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In Geoffrey Chaucers prologue to The Canterbury Tales he introduces a character that he describes with very high esteem Through direct and indirect characterization we learn Chaucers feelings and facts that help us get to know his character the knight Chaucer describes to us many character traits of the knight directly We first learn that he is a very distinguished man within his society He is honest generous and courteous He is also wise and knowledgeable yet he is still regarded by Chaucer as modest as a maid Indirectly we learn many key insights into the knights character as well We can infer that he is a world traveler due to all the battles in which he fights Also we learn that the knight is very holy Some of the description that Chaucer provides us with leads us to ask questions One instance has to do with the clothes the knight is wearing He is described to be in fustian tunic stained and dark but a man of his rank would have been able to afford king-like clothing Why would he be dressed so slovenly The answer is that he wants the first thing on his agenda after returning from battle to be thanking God for his safety God is one of the knights key motivations in the life he lives Chaucer obviously views the knight as on of the finest examples there can be of any human living in his day and age Even though many other characters prove to be the exact opposite of the knight he still resembles the ultimate good in people As Chaucer said He was a true a perfect gentle-knight
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