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  • Chaucer's Introduction Of The Reeve
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    In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's descriptive technique used to present the Reeve emphasized his physical characteristics as well as the success he attained in his occupation. It is evident that Chaucer gives two different perceptions of the Reeve, one perception is of his physical makeup and the other is of his success achieved in his occupation. In Chaucer's introduction of the Reeve, he immediately begins with the Reeve's physical makeup, as shown in this excerpt from The Canterbury Tales: "...
  • Absolon Unlike Nicholas
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    The Millers Tale, as opposed to other tales that we have read so far, is filled with double meanings that one must understand to catch the crudeness and vulgarity that make the tale what it is. The fact that The Monks Tale should have followed The Knights Tale should tell you something about the Miller. The Miller ended up telling the second tale because he was drunk and demanded to go after the knight or he would leave the group (3132-33). The Reeve told the Miller to shut his mouth (3144). The...
  • Reeve By The Miller
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    Such comments as, I pray to God his ne kke mote to-broke quickly reveal that the verbal game of quite involves much more than a free meal to the Reeve in The Canterbury Tales (I 3918). This overreaction, which grabs the attention of the audience and gives it pause, is characteristic of the Reeves ostensibly odd behavior, being given to morose speeches followed by violent outbursts, all the while harboring spiteful desires. Anger typifies the Reeves dialogue and his tale, which begs the question ...
  • Millers Tale
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    "The Millers Tale" and "The Reeves Tale" from The Canterbury Tales are very closely related. They both deal with the relationship between a jealous man, his wife, and a young scholar (s), and they both are immoral stories that contain sex and violence. This proves that the Miller and the Reeve are two very corrupt individuals. However, these tales also share some differences. For instance, the main character in "The Reeves Tale" is a Miller, while the main character in "The Millers Tale" is a ca...
  • Millers Tale
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    The Reeve's Rebuttal The Reeve of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales I portrayed in the first as "old and choleric and thin" (605), choleric meaning short-tempered and yellow. All of Chaucer's descriptions of the pilgrims in his tales give an insight into and very well foreshadow the their tale to come, and the Reeve is of course no exception. His description continues, portraying him with a conservative and resolve appearance, and one of fierce authority. Clever, calculating, and ruthless ...
  • Miller's Tale
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    the fabliaux: discuss examples, motifs, and purpose of the form in a variety of examples. A fabliau is a short, comic tale in verse that originated in France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These poems, obviously, were initially written in French and, apart from the English versions nearly 100 years later, were almost invariably in octosyllabic couplets. Of the enormous number of fabliaux produced, about only 150 survived, and only about twenty authors are known. The stories, because of...

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