Canterbury Tales the Squire: Love and Loss

Topics: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer, Love Pages: 4 (1526 words) Published: February 24, 2012
Love and Loss

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in “The Squire’s Tale” the Squire is the hopeless romantic. “A lover and cadet, a lad of fire” (Chaucer 5). His passion for the love of other is overwhelming. Throughout the tale different type of romances were explored. No matter if you were a bird or person dealing with a broken heart, finding love, and defining your meaning of romance is a challenge. Romance has evolved very little though the modernization of romantic tales has altered the view of traditional romantic values.

King Cambuskan of Tartary was brave, lenient, and wise; everything you can ever want in a king. The young great king had two sons named Algarsyff and Cambalo and a daughter named Canace. In the midst of a celebration a mysterious Knight burst into the image. He rode in on a bronze horse and carried a huge mirror. He wore a golden ring and had a naked sword saddle to his side. After introducing himself as Gawain, he exposed his true reason for being there. He was sent by the king of Araby in honor of the king’s celebration. There were four magical gifts a bronze horse, a mirror, a sword, and a ring. The bronze horse had the power of teleportation. The mirror can predict the thoughts of the king’s enemies and friends. The third gift was the sword which had the ability to cut through the strongest armor and heal wounds with a single touch, and finally the golden ring which gave the wearer the ability to understand birds. The mirror and the ring were gifted to the king’s daughter. The next working Canace went for a walk wearing her newly gifted ring. The ring gave meaning to the beautiful music sung by the birds, so when she heared the heartrending sounds from the falcon she is able to empathize. Canace finds out that the falcon’s lover the hawk left her for a kite. During a battle the magical horse and sword bestowed upon Cambuskan’s sons gave them the ability to overcome many obstacles. The tale is never finished. Even though...
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