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Satire is a keen literary tool one that Geoffrey Chaucer used liberally when he wrote his Canterbury Tales as well as Sir Walter Scotts Ivanhoe Websters New World Dictionary says that satire is the use of ridicule sarcasm etc to attack vices follies etc These two pieces of literature could be considered the greatest pieces of British Literature during the Middle Ages They both exercise Satire Ideals Prejudices and Stereotypes which are used in todays writings and used commonly in the world today Everyday people criticize and ridicule others for their faults and problems which is one topic that Chaucer and Scott wrote about I will most of all be concentrating on Satire because it is one that that I see the most used whether it be in school public or in my own home The Knights Tale in the Canterbury Tales satirizes the knight slightly Chaucer satirizes knights and chivalry in two different ways in the prologue and in the Knights Tale The first way in the prologue is with the pilgrim Knights character Chaucer wanted to present a realistic knight but he also wanted to give the Knight some very real and obvious flaws as a sort of social commentary on the way that knights were perceived in the 14th century To that end he gave the Knight some qualities that could be termed as the antithesis of the qualities that a good and honorable knight should have The second way I see Chaucer as satirizing chivalry is through the Knights Tale The Knights Tale presents the ideal knights They follow the codes of chivalry They follow the graces of courtly love They have duels battle honorably and they also make fools of themselves on more than one occasion Palamon and Arcite are so perfect that they become parodies of the perfect knights And in the end of the tale everyone ends up somewhat unhappy and there is no clear winner By
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