Answer any TWO of the following questions...
Q1: Why do you think the Knight tells a story of “modern” knights and chivalry in ancient Greece? Why might someone use the past to tell of the present? How does one setting help reinforce the other?
Q2: At the end of Book One, Chaucer asks his audience: “here's a question I would offer,/Arcite or Palamon, which had most to suffer?" Which of the two do you feel suffers more for love of Emily? In some ways, this is a very serious philosophical question, since each lover has his own unique 'hell' away from the beloved. Yet how might this also be satirical/ironic in intent?
Q3: Examine Thesus’s response to the lovers at the end of Part II: is this a mockery of the knights' love or a defense of it? How might this be a commentary on the love story itself?
Q4: Discuss the manner of the Knight's narration/storytelling. How does he tell the story and what mannerisms does he seem to have? Where do we see his own personality/perspective coloring the narrative? You might consider passages such as in Part I, page 30: "But it were all too long to speak of these..."