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Canterbury Tales Essay - Canterbury Tales Essay The Middle...

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Canterbury Tales Essay The Middle Ages was a time of living to fullest potential, being very religious and upholding ethical principles. People living in the Middle Ages tried their best to hold all these standards. In the story, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer describes the pilgrims based on how a person should be in the Middle Ages. He seems to poke fun at those who do not hold the standard, however there are a few who hold all the standards; they are the Knight, Parson, and the Plowman. The Knight is the first pilgrim mentioned, which shows how highly he is looked upon by everyone, even Chaucer. Chaucer writes, “What their condition was, the full array of each of them, as it appeared to me, according to profession and degree.” This proves that the Knight held the highest profession; he was the top of the pyramid, which everyone looked up to. The Knight was an honorable Knight, he was generous and true. Chaucer shows this by saying, “To ride abroad had followed chivalry, truth, honor, generousness, and courtesy.” Chaucer looks upon the Knight as holding many ethical principles. He says,
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