A KNIGHTS TALE (Brian Helgeland) vs THE KNIGHTS TALE (Geoffry Chaucer)
A tale of love, loyalty and chivalry, A Knight's Tale, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, is a story about a young peasant boy who fulfills his childhood dream of becoming a knight. On the way, he meets many new friends and falls in love with the beautiful Jocelyn. The story is based on The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer and reflects the themes of fate and friendship.
VICTORY VS GIRL Although both storylines differ in many ways, some themes stay true for both texts. The original story is about two young men, both “fighting” over the same girl, Emily. In the book, one man desires the victory whereas the other desires the love of the girl. This bears a resemblance to the film, in which the same thing happens. In the end, the man who chooses love over victory is triumphant. This is a relevant theme for us today.
FRIENDSHIP In the movie, a theme is the value of friendship and loyalty to your friends. This was one of William Thatcher's values, and it helped him throughout. Without the help of Roland, Wat, Chaucer and Kate, he would not have won the tournament or Jocelyn. In Chaucer's version, the two friends, Arcite and Palamon swear an oath of brotherhood to one another, even saying they would go to Hell and back for one another. They break the promise, seeming to think that romantic love is more important than the bonds of friendship. Even William seems to value love over friendship
In A Knight's Tale, the most important theme is of fate. William proves that although he grew up in a low social status, he was able to work his way up to fulfil his dream. The young squire tells us that we can change our stars like him, because he was never “destined” to become what he did. In The Knight's Tale, all of the characters believe that some unknown, larger force is deciding their fate, determining what happens and the time of their deaths. This, unlike the film, tells us that it is...
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