The Squires Tale
The Squire is the son of the knight. Chaucer describes him as good horse rider, able to joust well, and he carves the Knight’s meat for him at dinner. These qualities make him a good squire. The Franklin even praises him for being everything a squire and a young man should be. Though Chaucer also describes the Squire as embroidered like a meadow, making him sound more like a woman then a young man, Chaucer also mentions the Squire’s ability to dance, sing, and write poetry. The Squire represents youthful vanity and courtly love.
The Squire has the same role as his father; expect the Squire is a lower status than the Knight. The Squire differs from his father in that he integrates the ideas of courtly love into his interpretation of a squire’s role. Chaucer uses the Squire to parody the traditional courtly lover. The Squire is youthful, handsome, and curly-haired. The Squire tells a story that is unfinished, the Franklin interrupts it and the Squire cannot go on about how Cambalo plans to win his sister’s, Canace, love and marry her. The tale is not finished, the Franklin give the Squire many awkward compliments, and wishes his son was a wonderful as the Squire. Chaucer hints at the brothers and sisters insect to poke fun at the idea of courtly love, romantic literature, frequent and somewhat pretentious digressions, and lack of narrative self-control.
In the General Prologue the Squire is described to be a very youthful, and feminine. The Squire is more of a man-boy than a man. His youthful arrogance is displayed by the unnecessary floral brocade on the front of his tunic. In his tale his tells of magical object brought from a knight. This shows that the Squire is still a child and believes in magic and childish ideas. Chaucer spends a lot of time talking about how the Squire can sing, dance, and write poetry. Showing that the Squire will not one day become a knight like his father, the Knight, although the Squire is similarly to the knight...
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