Although “frame tales”, such as The Canterbury Tales, were a popular form of writing in 14th century Europe, Chaucer had set his collection apart as the tales each took on differing styles and personalities depending o...
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Therefore, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales should continue to be a conserved piece of British literature as the frame story provides the reader with: a variety of writing styles depending on the tale’s narrator, multiple unique universal morals, and context of the problems exhibited in English society in the 14th century. As Chaucer wishes to fulfill Horace’s rule of great poetry, as stated Ars Poetica, to both “delight and instruct”, the entertaining changing in narration and implication of morals does just that. In addition to the previously mentioned reasons for preservation, Chaucer’s form of writing and ability to change styles to accurately depict narration allowed his work to stand out in comparison to other English works. When taking this all into context, the need for preservation of The Canterbury Tales is recognizable.
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