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CHAUNCERS THE CANTERBURY TALES The human body is made up of genetics passed down through generations As aging occurs a person tends to develop certain similar characteristics based on the genetic make-up they received through blood In The General Prologue from Chaucers Canterbury Tales the Knight and his son the Squire are related by blood but have little in common Although genetically similar the Knight and the Squire are essentially two characters who have very diverse characteristics The characteristics that best describe the Knight depict him as a character of honor and pride At Alisandre he was what it was wonne Ful ofte time he haddle the boord bigonne 5152 This quotation translated into modern day English explains that the Knight sat in the seat of honor at the military feasts His accomplishments such as his fifteen battles fought to death and his alliance with the Moslem show that he is a man with a mark of distinction and great experience In the tale the Knight shows little concern for his personal attire But for to tellen you of his array His hors were goode but he was not gay 7475 This quotation enlightens the reader with the observation that the Knight is not as concerned with his appearance as he is with his responsibilities The Squire on the other hand has few responsibilities and has had little experience He is described as being a lovere and a lusty bacheler 80 This quotation describes the first impression the reader receives of the Squire The tale goes on to illustrate the Squire as a young man who is eagerly learning to become a knight And he hadde been som time in chivachye In Flanders in Artois and Picardye And born him wel as if so litel space 85-87 This quotation explains that the Squire has only been in the service for a short period of time and yet he has managed to participate
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