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In the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer presents a series of sketches on a diverse group of people during the medieval period Through the portrayal of the Knight and the Squire he vilifies the rapid decline of the aristocracy Chaucer introduces the Knight the most socially prominent pilgrim as the epitome of knightly chivalry He explains the Knights qualities idealized by knighthood To ride abroad he had followed chivalry Truth honor generousness and courtesy The author therefore shows how the Knight perfectly conveys his values during the medieval period Chaucer stresses that the Knight is a modest and refined gentlemen in the court And in his bearing modest as a maid He never yet a boorish thing had said He thus stresses the Knights ideal characteristics Chaucer shows the Knights most moral value - his plain attire Speaking of his equipment he possessed Fine horses but he was not gaily dressed This distinctly exemplifies the difference between the Knights mentality and the Squires whats on the inside is more important than whats on the outsideChaucer uses the Squires outward appearance to clearly state how shallow he is in comparison to his father He tells more about the Squires social graces rather than his moral values to differentiate He could make songs and poems and recite Knew how to joust and dance to draw and write The poet thus expresses the Squire in a more frivolous manner Chaucer considers the Squire not valuing his honor the way he should Hed seen some service with the cavalry In Flanders and Artois and Picardy And had done valiantly in little space Of time in hope to win his ladys grace He indicates that when the Squire fights in civil wars he doesnt take pride in doing it for God he takes pride in doing it for women Chaucer suggests the Squire was not meant to follow in his
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