The Importance Of Balance In The Knight's Tale

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In The Knight’s Tale, there is a balance that exists between some of the significant actions in the plot. These symmetries are put in place by Geoffrey Chaucer, the author, to create an atmosphere that allows the significant actions within the plot to be easily recognizable by the reader. Without this balance, the most important plot events would not be as clearly significant to the reader; Chaucer was aware of this when composing this tale. This steady balance is what brings out the best in a story, felicitously said by the French philosopher Henri Poincare, “It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.” Within The Knight’s…show more content…
There is also evidence that the sections of the plot correspond with the four parts that this tale is broken up into by the narrator. The Knight’s Tale displays a correspondence between some key events that occur throughout some main plot points. There are some prime examples of this recurring element in the Prologue and the Epilogue. The connection that is made between these two sections is a battle. The first occurrence is the battle between the Duke Theseus and Creon, the Theban king as described in the opening of this tale, “Thus rode this Duke, thus rode this conquerer / And led his flower of chivalry to war, / Until he came to Thebes, there to alight / In splendour on a chosen field to fight. / And, to speak briefly of so great a thing, / He conquered Creon there, the Theban king, / And slew him manfully, as became a knight, / In open battle, put his troops to fight. / And by assault captured the city” (pg. 30-31). This battle is a direct correlation to the upcoming of Arcite and Palamon in this tale. If it were not for this battle, Theseus would not have discovered these two wounded soldiers and mercifully not

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