|A Comparison Of The Knight And The Squire In Chaucers The Canterbury
In the medieval period that is described by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,
chivalry was perhaps the most recognized quality of a true gentleman. This
quality is explored in Chaucer's two characters of the warrior class, the
Knight and the Squire. The squire is the son of the Knight; both ride
gallantly and have the air of true gentleman warriors. However, the two are
very dissimilar despite their appearances. The Knight possesses the true
qualities of chivalry, devotion to service, constancy in humility, and
honesty. The Squire possesses none of these qualities truly; instead his
demeanor is one that is less honorable and virtuous. Although both claim
the same vocation, the Squire and the Knight display contradicting attitudes
in respect to dedication, material possessions, and sincerity.
The main point in the description of the Knight was the abundance and
importance of his battles, while it was the leas...