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Chaucer: Satire And Humor

Until Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales, he was primarily
know for being the writer of love poems, such as The Parliament of
Fowls, narratives of doomed passion, and stories of women wronged by
their lovers. These works are nothing short of being breath taking,
but they do not posses the raw power that the Canterbury Tales do.
This unfinished poem, which is about 17,000 lines, is one of the most
brilliant works in all of literature. The poem introduces a group of
pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket
at Canterbury. Together, the pilgrims represent a large section of
14th-century English life. To help pass the time of the journey, the
pilgrims decide to tell stories. These tales include a wide variety of
medieval genres, from humorous fables to religious lectures. They
vividly describe medieval attitudes and customs in such areas as love,
marriage, and religion. Chaucer was a master storyteller, and his wit
his shown throughout his work by the use of humor and satire, and it
is most present in The Pro...

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... corruption and greed still play a major
part in our society today. Also, issues such as woman’s rights that
were debated back then are still heavily debated today. No other
writer has been able to duplicate the way Chaucer has analyzed and
described human life, and no one has even come close to doing it in
such a humorous and satirical way. The Canterbury Tales brought
Geoffrey Chaucer too his full artistic power, and it will forever
remain as one of the most brilliant and vivid piece of literature ever
written in the English language.

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