Chaucer's The General Prologue

analytical Essay
706 words
706 words

Chaucer's The General Prologue Chaucer-the pilgrim starts out “The General Prologue” with detailed descriptions of each pilgrim as he views them. When Chaucer-the pilgrim arrives at the Pardoner, he becomes very focused on his physical appearance and what is seems to be missing. There is something odd about this Pardoner and Chaucer-the pilgrim can’t seem to grasp just what that is. He describes that the Pardoner is all on fire to do is job, just arriving from Rome (Bretful of pardon, come from Rome al hoot). However, his eagerness to Pardon those for God does not help his physical appearance in any respect. Chaucer-the pilgrim describes his voice as that of a high-pitched goat and points out that he has no facial hair and will presumably never have any, as his face is just as smooth as if he had recently shaved (A vois he hadde as small as hath a goot; / No beerd hadde he, ne nevere sholde have; / As smoothe it was as it were late yshave). Chaucer-the pilgrim is setting up in the reader’s mind that of a prepubescent boy, yet as the reader knows there are no children on the jour...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chaucer's the general prologue depicts the pardoner as a prepubescent boy, but his sexuality is ambiguous.
  • Analyzes how the pardoner's portrayal of a gentle yet pompous boy reaffirms the other pilgrims' idea of him.
  • Analyzes how the pardoner's hypocritical manner infuriates the pilgrims to the extreme when he withdraws his false relics and attempts to receive their money for false services.
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