Character Analysis: The Knight
The knight in the Canterbury Tales is a very admirable person, the host and the narrator both admire him. As soon as he comes into play you are drawn into to his character. His motives and his personality are both good and appealing. The Knight has four main qualities. The first quality is the knights “ideals”. Honor, generosity, prowess, fidelity, and refinement are all part of the knights ideals. The narrator in the Canterbury Tales prologue speaks highly of the knight and mentions all of these ideals. In my opinion all of his ideals should be the ideals of everyone because they are all very good ideals to live by. The second quality of the knight is his extraordinary military career in the Crusades. The knight fought in the Crusades, a war between Muslims and Christians for the holy land of Jerusalem. The knight has battle all different kinds of people from all different parts of the world. The knight also fought in formal duels. The third quality of the knight is different than most would expect. It is the knights gentleness, and manner. The knight is very eloquent and very meek in his ways. Along side of being a warrior and soldier he is gentle and kind. The fourth and final quality of the knight is his apparel or dress. The narrator tells us that the knights clothing is a tunic made of coarse cloth ( his tunic probably had the red cross on it symbolizing him as a crusader). The narrator also says that his chain-mail is rusted because he had just returned from an expedition. These are the four qualities of the knight that the narrator speaks of. His ideals, military career, gentleness and manners, and his clothing. The knight is by far my favorite character in the Canterbury Tales because of these qualities.
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