Compare And Contrast The Manciple's Prologue And The Canterbury Tales

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“The Manciple’s Prologue” and “The Manciple’s Tale” are elements from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales is a succession of stories told by pilgrims traveling to the location of Saint Thomas Becket’s assassination. The site of this assassination is located at the Cathedral in Canterbury. The Canterbury Tales were written through the hand of Geoffrey Chaucer, who is a civil servant placed within the tales. These imaginary pilgrims each tell their tales to pass the time on this never-ending journey to Canterbury. One of these pilgrims traveling to Canterbury includes the Manciple. The Manciple is a clever and charismatic character. He was described as being illiterate. However, this incapability does not sway the…show more content…
Apollo is presented as a “most lusty bachelor”. The only potential problem is that Phoebus is very jealous concerning his wife. This gives Phoebus, a Greek god, a fatal flaw. Specifically, this fatal flaw will convince him to murder his own wife. Phoebus is the face of perfection. Chaucer throws in worldly sins that corrupt the god of light and poetry. There is irony in this. The god of light turns to darkness and kills his wife because he was jealous. Ironic examples throughout the tale include: the god of light turns to darkness, the white crow turns into a black crow, the lustiest of bachelors is not loved by his wife. Chaucer also shows many other ironic instances within “The Manciple’s Tale”. When the crow told Phoebus about what his wife had committed, it sang “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!”. These words are highly ironic. During this time, cuckold was a word used to describe a man being deceived by his wife. This word was commonly used throughout the English language to describe a man being cheated on by his wife. The closely related words of cuckoo and cuckold are intended to be…show more content…
Dr. Michael Delahoyde quotes that “The Manciple gives a long diatribe, or exempla, on the treatment and behavior of caged birds, spoiled cats, and she-wolves.” Phoebus gave the crow a gold cage, plenty of food to eat, and much love. Even though the crow had all of this, he was still locked in a cage. Phoebus also cared for his wife exceptionally. He gave his wife everything that she could want. In return, she denied him and chose everything but him. This proves that you cannot change the basic nature of an animal, bird, beast, or human. You cannot civilize what does not want to be civilized. This means that people cannot change unless they themselves want to change in their own

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