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A Knight’s Tale” and “The Canterbury Tales”

 

After viewing the film “A Knight’s Tale” respond to the following questions in an essay.

 

  1. How does the knight in the movie fit the definition of a true knight? Use specific details from the movie to support your answer.

 

 

 

 

  1. What allusions (connections/references) to the Canterbury Tales are included in the movie? Provide at least 3 specific examples from the movie.

 

 

 

 

  1. Why did the director of the movie include modern elements in this medieval tale? Identify at least 3 elements included and explain the effect.

 

 
 

Notes:

 

The following information is provided to assist you in writing your essay.

 

Romance: A tale of chivalric adventure and action. It is a narrative in prose or verse sometimes set in far-away lands and in the distant past, that stresses adventure, love, valor, and even the supernatural. In the Middle Ages, the medieval romances were tales of chivalry or amorous adventure occurring in King Arthur's court.

 

 

“The Knight’s Tale is a medieval adventure tale is loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's -The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and conversation with a medieval setting and characters.

 

 

Chivalry - the combination of qualities expected of the ideal medieval knight, especially courage, honor, loyalty, and consideration for others, especially women. Courteous and considerate behavior, especially toward women.

 

Rubric

 

       Each question is carefully addressed.

 

       Includes 3 or more pieces of evidence per each question.

 

       All of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the author's position.

 

       A variety of thoughtful transitions are used. They clearly show how ideas are connected and help the essay flow from one idea to the next.

 

       The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position.

 

       All sentences are well-constructed with varied structure.

 

No errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content