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The Knight and the Squire Parenthood gone Medieval Although the term Like father like son has become a clich from overuse there is an undeniable truth at the heart of those four familiar words A fathers strengths and weaknesses are often reflected in the personality of his male offspring and by analyzing one member of this unique relationship it becomes possible to dissect the personality of the other Due in part to these unique complexities the dynamics of a father-son relationship has proved to be the cornerstone of many great literary works One piece of literature that proves father-son relationships were not so different in the middle ages is Geoffrey Chaucers epic poem The Canterbury Tales In his classic work Chaucer creates caricatures of many sacred figures of medieval culture whom he lampoons using a sarcasm ahead of his time Among the characters Chaucer satirizes is a Knight and his son a Squire both of whom Chaucer showers with praises deserving of a god Through Chaucers brilliant use of double edged praise it becomes apparent that the Knight and his son the Squire are both men whose images are nothing more than a symptom of there shared weaknesses of pride and vanity As the character of the knight is first introduced it becomes clear that he is a man who cherishes his noble image and will stop at nothing to uphold it To ridden out he loved chivalrye truth and honour freedom and curteisye Line 45-46 Through these lines Chaucer suggests that the Knights main goal in life is to be perceived as the perfect specimen of nobility and to reap the rewards which this perception brings as he is Evere honored for his worthiness Line 50 In the following lines an enormous list of battles is cited all of which the knight has managed to have taken part in and emerged an unscathed hero At mortal batailes had he been fifteenIn
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