Clerk & Squire Contrast "The Canterbury Tales"
In Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," two young men of the Middle Ages, stand in sharp contrast to each other. The clerk and the squire are of similar ages but are very different. The clerk is a member of the middle class, has attended Oxford and studied Aristotle, while the squire, a member of the upper class, has been educated in the arts of chivalry.
In appearance wise the clerk is a "grave" or somber individual. He is thin "hollow-cheeked" and dresses poorly ("outer cloak threadbare"). On the other hand the squire is a bright, cheerful person. He is lusty, strong and nimble and dresses…
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