Canterbury Tales the Squire: Love and Loss

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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 the tale was left unfinished the Franklin takes time to praise the Squire for his narration. Chaucer may have intended to leave the tale unfinished so the reader questions what happens next. Romance is a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. Whether your feelings towards love are negative or positive also depends on whether you believe in the power of love. There is no determining who you romance with because love is unpredictable. No one would have ever predicted that the hawk would have fall in love with a kite, but that’s how the cookie crumbled. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but romance is no different. I may believe that romance starts with an unselfish bond, yet someone else could be under the impression that romance is what you can benefit from the person who romances you. The Squire has an undeniable connection with romance. He lives his life as if one day he will find his soul mate. The Squire definitely embodies the true meaning of romance.

There are many reasons why “The Squire’s Tale” falls under the category of a chivalric romance. The story of love can last forever. The tale doesn’t end because love is unpredictable and love itself never ends. There is no such thing as a happily ever after so therefore there is no ending to the story.

For this same kite my love was clean forgot,
And thus he broke his faith in foul delight
And thus my love is servant to a kite
And I am lost and there’s no remedy(Chaucer 406).
Although the love story between the falcon and the hawk ended with a broken heart, it truly reflects the superficial romance in today’s society. People tend to leave the ones they truly love for what seems more appealing, but what is appealing now will eventually fade away. There is a difference between real love and infatuation. In the relationship between the falcon and the hawk, the falcon expressed real love towards the hawk yet the hawk was infatuated with a kite. The Squire pushes...
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