As the World Turns

The Canterbury Tales through written during the 14th century , tells the
story of characters with the same traits, values and characteristics of people
we may know today or have read about in history. I will describe the
characteristics, values, and beliefs of three characters, namely; the Franklin,
the Knight, the Parson. I will attempt to show that as the world turns, people
seem to remain the same.

Chaucer in his writing of this story used feudalism when identifying his
characters. He placed each character in a class status as was common during this
area. Today, many are still identified or accepted based on their education,
financial status.

Let\'s start with the Franklin. Chaucer begins the description of the Franklin
by saying that white as a daisy-petal was his beard. As we all know, Santa is
known for his signature long white beard. Although there is no other real
physical characteristics of the Franklin given, I envision him with a bright
outfit, may be red or orange to go along with his cheerful personality. The
Franklin is a sanguine man, high-colored, benign. This means that the Franklin
was often laughing, high-colored, flashy, good-natured fellow.

As we think about Santa, I think of someone being jolly, festive, and a very
content fellow which seems to be quite compatible with the personality of the

The Franklin and Santa Claus also share a very interesting trait. They both
love their food. Chaucer does not tell us, I think that the Franklin was a heavy
man, considering all the references which he makes about the Franklin and food.
His table was always filled with the best food and wines, and bake-meat pies.

Santa on the other hand consumes lots and lots of cookies each year during
while passing out Christmas gifts to those who were good during the year. I am
sure this accounts for Santa\'s weight problem.

The Franklin and Santa are both friendly, joyful and pleasant men. The
Franklin made his household free to all in the county. Santa spends all of his
time greeting young children and taking their Christmas wishes. They both have
big hearts and big appetites. They both are model men. Chaucer calls the
Franklin a model among landed gentry. Santa is also well-known and respected
among the masses. If only these two could have known each other, I am sure they
would have had a great time among all of the festivities surrounding them.

Now let\'s look at The Knight. Here is a man who is of the highest social
standing on the pilgrimage, though his clothes do not show this. Chaucer
describes the knight as a worthy man who had fought in the Crusades. He was
filled with chivalry, honor, truth and generosity. The person in this century
that comes to mind is the Honorable General Colin Powell. He too wear the armor
of chivalry, honor, truth and generosity. Like the Knight, General Powell is a
recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations, such as the Defense
Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of
Merit, Soldier\'s Mdeal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. His civilian
awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President\'s Citizens
Medal, and many other distinguished awards can be added to this list.

Also, the Knight had participated bravely in fifteen mortal battles. General
Powell served two tours of duty in Vietnam and served as a battalion commander
in Korea. He later commanded the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault) and V Corps, United States Army, Europe. As you can see, the Knight and
General Powell have a lot in common. I bet they would have some real wartime
stories to tell.

The Knight and General Powell share great dignity and both embodies the
character of the ideal man created by Chaucer.

Along with the Knight is the Knight\'s son the Squire who is the total
opposite of his father. He indeed had some military experience, his motive for
being in the military was to impress the ladies and not God. He loved to dress,
very cultivated with social graces and is quite aware of his obligation to serve
his father the Knight. Chaucer\'s squire is much like Prince Phillip from
Sleeping Beauty. Prince Phillip is the man who, knowing not that Sleeping Beauty
is hiding in the forest, falls in love with the little peasant girl. Once he
finds out who she is he kills the evil fairy to win the chance to kiss her and
save her life.

Prince Phillip is like the Squire because he is willing to do