#Classic Canterbury Tales The Knights Tale
- Author: Chaucer
- Title: The Knights Tale
- Published: 1386
- (Read England, Kent – Pre-printing press)
- List Reading Challenges 2018
- Monthly planning
- Classic Club Master list
- The Knight’s tale is the longest.
- Firstly I read the summary of the tale (1 hr)
- At times the tale felt never ending,
- ….but it was worth every minute!
- Impressive and very touching.
Characters: Palamon, Arcite, Emily, Duke Theseus
Plot: a love triangle Palamon – Emily – Arcita with backdrop of courtly love
- Parts 1-4 end either with reflective question
- …(which lover suffers most?) or cliffhangers.
- Young knights battling ankle-deep in blood;
- proclaiming rules for jousting; final showdown to decide victory.
Strong point: dramatic irony
- The reader knows something the characters don’t know.
- Disguise: Arcita is disguised as a servant in Duke Theseus’ court
- Mixed messages: Arcita (Mars) and Palamon (Venus) pray to these gods
- to help them win Emily’s hand in marriage.
- Emily prays to Diana:
- “That I would be a virgin all my life, and would be neither mistress, no, nor wife”.
Strong point: mise-en-abyme
- Palamon and Arcita fight after praying to the gods.
- Theseus stops them.
- The gods who help each lover also fight, Mars and Venus.
- Jupiter stops them.
- Descriptions of temples (Mars, Venus, Diana)
- Palamon’s prayer to Venus in the language of chivalry
- Duke Theseus forgiveness speech to fighting rivals (Palamon, Arcita)
- Blow-by-blow description of jousting preparations and battle.
- This was a good classic read before I immerse myself into
- …Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf.
- I’m sure her book will take some time to process!