i need write an essay on the knights tale i need to discuss the setting, plot and theme. it has to be 2 pages.no

mwalim | Student

To write that essay, think of a setting i.e. the time and location that the tale is supposed to be. Consider the following:

  • Place, the Geographical location, maybe in a battle field, in palace   etc. 
  • Time when it will take place (historical period, time of day, year, etc.
  • Weather conditions - Is it rainy, sunny, stormy, etc.
  •  Social conditions - What is the daily life of the characters like? Does the story contain local
  • Colour (writing that focuses on the speech, dress, mannerisms, customs, etc. of a particular place)?
  • Mood or atmosphere - What feeling is created at the beginning of the story?  Is it bright and cheerful or dark and frightening?

The five elements of the plot:

Introduction - characters and the setting is revealed.

Rising Action - story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed.

Climax - This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. Suspense is introduced.

Falling action - The events begin to resolve themselves.  This is the final outcome of events in the story.


Conflict can be: 
External - A struggle with a force outside one's self.

Internal - A struggle within one's self; a person must make some decision, overcome pain, quiet their temper, resist an urge, etc.

There are four kinds of conflict: 
Man vs. Man (physical) - The leading character struggles with his physical strength against other men, forces of nature, or animals.

Man vs. Circumstances (classical) - The leading character struggles against fate, or the circumstances of life facing him/her.

Man vs. Society (social) - The leading character struggles against ideas, practices, or customs of other people.

Man vs. Himself Herself (psychological) - The leading character struggles with himself/herself; with his/her own soul, ideas of right or wrong, physical limitations, choices, etc. 

THEME – This is the controlling idea or its central insight. It is the intended meaning of a piece of work e.g. Love is blind 

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The Canterbury Tales

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