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In his prologue Geoffrey Chaucer introduces all of the characters who are involved in this fictional journey and who will tell the tales One of the more interesting of the characters included in this introductory section is the Knight Chaucer initially refers to the Knight as a most distinguished man and indeed his sketch of the Knight is highly complimentary In this essay I will contrast Chaucers ideal Knight with its modern equivalent The Knight Chaucer tells us possessed good horses but he was not gaily dressed Indeed the Knight is dressed in a common shirt much stained by where his armor had left its mark In other words Chaucer is telling us that the Knight has just arrived home from service and is in such a hurry to go on his pilgrimage that he has not even paused before embarking on it to change his clothes Additionally the Knight has led a very busy life as his fighting career has taken him to a great many places He has seen military service in Egypt Lithuania Prussia Russia Spain North Africa and Asia Minor where he always won the highest honor Amazingly even though he has had a very successful and busy career he remains an extremely humble man indeed Chaucer maintains that he is meek as a maiden Moreover Chaucer claims the Knight has never said a rude remark to anyone in his entire life Clearly the Knight possesses an outstanding character and Chaucer gives to the Knight perhaps one of the most flattering descriptions in the General Prologue than any other character His Knight can do no wrong he is an outstanding warrior who has fought for the true faith according to Chaucer on three continents In the midst of all this however Chaucers Knight remains modest and polite Thus we see him as the embodiment of the traditional chivalric code bold and fearless on the battlefield devout and courteous off it Apart
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