An analysis of the squire and the yeman in the canterbury tales by geoffrey chaucer

He willingly serves his lords and carves before his father at the table.

Once he does so, and shows that he has learned his lesson by letting his old ugly wife make a decision, she rewards him by becoming beautiful and submissive.

But before they begin, the narrator pauses the story to introduce the reader to the array of travelers in the company, saying that he will describe how each one of them seemed to him. Benedict and bears no guilt about the fact that he rides out instead of devoting himself to his monastic duties.

The Pardoner also has a gift for singing and preaching whenever he finds himself inside a church.

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When the fox opens his mouth, Chanticleer escapes. She wears a coral rosary with green beads, on which there is a gilded A, for Amor vincit omnia: They are dressed well, with brightly polished belts and knives.

He speaks little, but when he does, his words are wise and full of moral virtue. Active Themes The Squire, says the narrator, wants to find favor with his lady.

But although the Squire is a bit vain, he does always act in accordance with his social position. When he was on his ship, he stole wine from the merchant, whose goods he was transporting, while the merchant slept.

The Physician is genuinely a man of learning and practices a moderate lifestyle, yet he pursues his career not for love of knowledge but for love of gold. In the medieval chivalric hierarchy a Squire ranked immediately below a Knight.

Always ready to befriend young women or rich men who might need his services, the friar actively administers the sacraments in his town, especially those of marriage and confession. Having spent his money on books and learning rather than on fine clothes, he is threadbare and wan. The detail of his lisp turns him into an even more ridiculous figure.

Read an in-depth analysis of The Knight. The knight has travelled through Christian and heathen territories——Alexandria, Prussia, Russia, Lithuania, Granada, Morocco, Turkey——and has been victorious everywhere and universally praised for his valor.

She had fun singing and dancing with him, but tried her best to make him jealous. He disdains lepers and beggars as unworthy: She is bright and sweet like a small bird, and dresses in a tantalizing style—her clothes are embroidered inside and outside, and she laces her boots high.

This friar, whose name is Hubert, also has a lisp. Unlike the Knight, who dresses modestly so as not to show off, the young Squire wears elaborately decorated clothing that reveals him as a lusty youth as well as a fighter.

Active Themes The Monk is a good horseman and rides along with a pack of swift greyhounds. The Squire has curled hair and, though only of moderate height, is marvelously agile. She has excellent table manners:Character Analysis The Squire is the Knight's son, accompanying him on this pilgrimage.

We think he's a pretty good squire; after all, Chaucer tells us that he rides a horse well, can joust well, and he carves the meat for the Knight well at dinner.

The Canterbury Tales

Everything you ever wanted to know about The Yeoman in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story, written by masters of this stuff just for you. Analysis. We will never know why Chaucer left The Squire's Tale unfinished. It can be noted that the description of Cambuskan echoes Chaucer's description of the Squire in The Prologue and that the Squire's flowery recitation, despite its moments of beauty, is very often rather silly and too elaborate.

In Chaucer’s society, a franklin was neither a vassal serving a lord nor a member of the nobility. This particular franklin is a connoisseur of food and wine, so much so that his table remains laid and ready for food all day.


Chaucer describes an ideal Knight, a "verray parfit, gentil knyght", who conscientiously follows all the social, moral, chivalric, and religious codes of conduct.

Chaucer does not have any particular individual in mind but casts the Knight as an idealistic representative of his profession. The Canterbury Tales is the last of Geoffrey Chaucer's works, and he only finished 24 of an initially planned tales.

The Canterbury Tales study guide contains a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

An analysis of the squire and the yeman in the canterbury tales by geoffrey chaucer
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