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Write a short note about the porrait of "The Squire" from Chaucer's prologue to the canterbury tales?

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In Canterbury Tales, the Prologue features both the Squire and the Knight as a small 'portrait' of the chivalric cross section of that society. The Squire is described as a romantic statue, straight out of some novel. He says that he is of average height and strength, and is about 20 years old. He's dressed in beautiful clothing and shows himself to be clever, talented, and well suited to the tasks before him. He is good at everything, it would seem; from riding a horse to dancing. There are ample references to the fact that the Squire's prowess also extends to the bedroom, as well. The use of meadows, the Squire's songs, and flowers,nature elements, are metaphors all alluding to his potential as a young man who will one day become a Knight. And yet, for all of this description, he still comes off as a cold individual, emotionless. Additionally, he is painted as a bit of a hypocrite in that as a fledgling Knight he should be interested in the high ground, about battles, and the like. But instead, he is truly more interested in having a good time.

 

 

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