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  • Tale Of Sir Thopas
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    The Canterbury Tales is a collection of accounts about a journey pilgrims made to and from the Canterbury Cathedral, composed by British writer Geoffrey Chaucer in the late 1300's. "Chaucer greatly increased the prestige of English as a literary language and extended the range of its poetic vocabulary and meters" (Encarta 1). In the tales, the host offers a contest to the pilgrims which requires them to tell four stories during their trip. Chaucer ingeniously integrates the episodes with one ano...
  • Wife Of Bath's Tale Compliments Her Prologue
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    In the famous works, Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer tells of twenty-nine pilgrims that are en route to Canterbury. On the way there, the band of pilgrims entertain each other with a series of tall tales in order to shorten the trip. Chaucer, (the host) introduces the each of the pilgrims with honest and wholeheartedly descriptions introduce them with their own personality. Throughout the prologue, he finds an unusual uniqueness in their common lives and traits. Chaucer's characters represent...
  • Knight's Tale
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    7/4/00 The Nature of Man Geoffrey Chaucer, the author of Canterbury Tales, gives a realistic view of Middle English life at this time, and can be applied to modern life. The fact that Chaucer wrote in the vernacular illustrates that these tales were written for the common man, so that they could look at themselves. The themes of honor, marital rule, and the belief of the supernatural are indicators that the nature of man is constant. Chaucer, having the opportunity to work with many humans, tell...
  • Wife Of Bath's Tale
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    An Analysis of Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale In reading Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", I found that of the Wife of Bath, including her prologue, to be the most thought-provoking. The pilgrim who narrates this tale, Alison, is a gap-toothed, partially deaf seamstress and widow who has been married five times. She claims to have great experience in the ways of the heart, having a remedy for whatever might ail it. Throughout her story, I was shocked, yet pleased to encounter details whi...
  • Prologue Of The Pardoner's Tale
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    The Pardoner's Tale One might assume that the person telling the story has a lot to do with the story they " re telling. This is the case in the Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". In the tale of "The Pardoner's", the voice tells a tale dealing with his famous preach; "Radix malo rum est Cupiditas". In English, "The root of all evil is Greed". An ironic distinction can be made with what a "Pardoner" is known to be, the character (the voice / Pardoner), and the tale that he tells. Through ...
  • Miller's Tale
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    There are numerous sources of literary criticism of The Canterbury Tales, as well as specifically about "The Miller's Tale."Telling stories of low sexual intrigue (fabliaux)... There is nothing like [these tales] in Middle English and nothing like [these tales] anywhere in English literature" (Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, 172). Chaucer often made apologies for "having to tell" these tales that did not fit with other literary traditions. War of the sexes is a commonly discussed theme of Chaucer's. "...
  • Pardoner's Tale
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    Canterbury Tales as a whole was very interesting. It has introduced us to a way of life that we never knew existed. It also introduced us to a type of crude humor that we have never been exposed to. It has shown us a true side of life during the Middle Ages. We have learned many things already from our World History teachers, but to experience it first hand is a different story. To experience the jokes, the merriment, and culture opens the gates to a new world. I think that these tales have been...
  • Due In Part To Chaucer's Writing
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    The Effects of Geoffrey Chaucer's Education on the Canterbury Tales The Medieval period was one of transformation. The great religious pilgrimages that occurred effected the course of history. Social set-ups were believed to be ordained by God and were not to be changed ( . aol / barrons 1). Thus, Geoffrey Chaucer introduces each of the characters in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales and establishes their role in society. The church hierarchy was thought to be of equal importance (web chaucer...
  • Millers And The Reeves Tales Chaucer
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    Geoffrey Chaucers Impression of Women during Medieval Times Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales in the late 1400's. He came up with the idea of a pilgrimage to Canterbury in which each character attempts to tell the best story. In that setting Chaucer cleverly reveals a particular social condition of England during the time. In this period, the status, role, and attitudes towards women were clearly different from that of today. Two tales in Chaucers collection specifically address this s...
  • Humor Of Chaucer's Tales
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    Canterbury Tales tells many stories from medieval literature and provides a great variety of comic tales. Geoffrey Chaucer injects many tales of humor into the novel. Chaucer provides the reader with many light-hearted tales as a form of comic relief between many serious tales. The author interpolates humor into many tales, provides comic relief, and shows the reader a different type of humorous genre. Geoffrey Chaucer provides humor in many of the tales from Canterbury Tales. The Miller's Tale ...
  • Chaucer's Narrative Framework Of Tales
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    Insight into Human Nature in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, (written c. 1387), is a richly varied compilation of fictional stories as told by a group of twenty-nine persons involved in a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury, England during the fourteenth century. This journey is to take those travelers who desire religious catharsis to the shrine of the holy martyr St. Thomas a Becket of Canterbury. The device of a springtime pilgrimage provided Chauc...
  • Merchant's Tale And The Clerk's Tale
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    Signification Through Structural Irony in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales The structure Geoffrey Chaucer chose for his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, of utilizing a melange of narrative voices to tell separate tales allows him to explore and comment on subjects in a multitude of ways. Because of this structure of separate tales, the reader must regard as extremely significant when tales structurally overlap, for while the reader may find it difficult to render an accurate interpretation through o...
  • Chaucer's Tales
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    In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as courtesy through satire. In the fourteenth century, courtesy embodied sophistication and an education in English international culture. The legends of chivalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, as is revealed in his cultural status, but he also retained an anecdotal humor about courtesy. One must only peruse h...
  • Wife Of Bath Tale
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    Throughout an author's literature, many times we find common themes; this is definitely true in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. In the literary work, the reader can find common themes through many of the tales. In the Wife of Bath tale, The Miller's tale, and the Pardoner's tale, it is easy to see that one of the main themes through the book is that women are the downfall of men. Although this may not have been Chaucer's personal feeling, he gives ample proof to prove this statement through...
  • Chaucer Plays With The Idea Of Curteisye
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    In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as curteisye through satire. In the fourteenth century curteisye embodied sophistication and an education in French international culture. The legends of chivalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, and he reveled in his cultural status, but he also retained an anecdotal humor about curteisye. One must only peruse ...
  • Characters In The Canterbury Tales
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    The Canterbury Tales offer many characters whose vocation does not match his or her tale. This often provides humor and provokes much thought. Yet Chaucer makes the parson match his tale. This provokes a more serious train of thought. Thus Chaucer shows forth his brilliance in his versatility of subject matter. The first thing one should notice in the Parson's tale is that the Parson refuses to tell a fable. In lines 30-36, the Parson gives his reasoning for a straightforward prose. He will not ...
  • Chaucer's Tales
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    A person's life experience can have a great effect on his or her life. Personal experiences tend to have more of an effect on writers and storytellers than an average person. The average person will often tell and share a life experience to others. A writer, on the other hand, may make it very interesting and use it as an inspiration for one of his or her works. Take one of the greatest writers, Geoffrey Chaucer, for example. His life is known primarily through records pertaining to his career a...
  • Chaucer's Own Incomplete Copy Of The Tales
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    Chaucer's "Retraction" The "Retraction", a fragment that follows the last of the Tales in Chaucer's masterpiece, has attracted much critical attention. Various literary critics of this particular section in The Canterbury Tales have debated about whether it implies a renunciation on the author's part of his work, or is intended ironically. However, despite the piece's satirical tone, it seems most fitting to conclude that Chaucer's "Retraction" is a sincere gesture, offering his moral stance on ...
  • Merchant's Tale String Of Stories
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    The Merchant's Tale 3 modes of cross-reference across the Tales. Investigate tales as dramatic performance. Explore in detail and death the relationship between teller and the story told. A lot in the Wife of Bath about voice of the teller. Story very much part of her and her performance. Merchant's Tale - string of stories spurred by assertive performance claim by Wife of Bath in her story. Merchant refers explicitly and implicitly to her in his story. Linkage. He refers to marriage - struggle ...
  • Miller's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer The
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    Unit 2 Assignment 4 1. Beginning with a consideration of lines 680 to the end of the tale, 'He cog heth first, and knokketh therewithal / Upon the window, right as he did er', explore the ways in which Chaucer uses language to create a comic effect and consider how effectively the Tale is drawn to its conclusion. In your answer you will need to make detailed reference to the form, style and semantic, phonological and lexical features of language which help to shape the meaning of the text. 2. Ho...

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