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Humor in Chaucer's The Miller's Tale

- Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale" should be tragic, because a lot of horrible things happen to the characters. The carpenter's wife is disloyal to him, sleeping with others and making fun of him with Nicholas. Also, he is depicted as a fool. However, readers get a humorous feeling from the story, rather than feeling sorry for the carpenter's unfair life. Chaucer makes the whole story come across as comic rather than tragic. This humor is created by the Miller's narration, the use of irony, the cartoon-like characters, and the twists of plot....   [tags: Comic Effect in The Miller's Tale]

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The Morality in Medieval England from The Miller's Tale by Chaucer

- ... By chasing Alison he also does not respect his own religious promises to god. Being a man devoted to religion meant Absalom's life was not meant to be tied to worldly possessions, but throughout the piece he uses his power as a church clerk and well respected member of his community to stalk and give gifts to Alison. These worldly attachments and his inability to move on from his secular love for material goods and Alison seems to be the source of Absalom’s punishment. As is his custom of the day he seeks Alison out....   [tags: religion, society, customs]

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Sexual and Bodily Subjects in The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

- "The Miller's Tale," a short story by Geoffrey Chaucer, deals frankly with sexual and bodily subjects. Chaucer is never obscene, he allows the reader to use his imagination to determine what some of the events actually mean. The tale is a "fabliau," which is a short story in verse that deals satiracally and humorously about sexual or monetary deception. When Chaucer describes the characters, he creates a unique theme for each person that helps the reader determine their role in the story. For example, he describes Alisoun as being a young, playful, and attractive girl that enjoys showing off what she has....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales]

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The Miller´s Tale in Chaucer´s The Canterbury Tales

- ... Alison does not want anything to do with Absolon since she is already involved with Nicholas. Absolon insists on singing to her to try and win her heart, but it does not work. There is a very bad love triangle going on between the three. They all have fallen in love with Alison. The Miller’s Tale is an entertaining tale. Nickolas, the student and their guest, and Alison begin to have an affair. The Miller has no idea that Nicholas and Alison were sneaking around. They had their moments together when John, The Miller, would leave and go to town....   [tags: morally, teaches, affair, lesson]

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Sex, Love, and Religion in The Miller's Tale, by Chaucer

- What is Pornography. When asked some people might say, “I can not define it, but I know it when I see it.” The word “Pornography” comes from the Greek for writing about prostitutes. Many people concluded that the Miller’s tale was merely a pornographic story that surrounded four people. This also depended on one’s view of pornography. The Miller’s tale was told by the Miller who was not stable at the time. The Miller’s tale focused on two men, Nicholas and Absolon whose goal is to establish a relationship with Alisoun, the attractive adolescent wife of an older carpenter named John....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Morals in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Morals in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales When Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, he had certain morals in mind. Chaucer usually dealt with one of the seven ?deadly. sins as well. The humorous Miller?s Tale is no exception. The Story is about a carpenter who marries a young beautiful woman who is much younger than him. The moral of the story is revealed in the second paragraph, when Chaucer, through the voice of the miller, notes of the carpenter, ?Being ignorant, he did not know of Cato?s advice that a man should marry a woman similar to him?....   [tags: Papers Chaucer Miller's Tale Essays]

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The Miller 's Tale Of Tales, By Geoffrey Chaucer

- Obtaining love “The world the Miller describes… is rife with drinking, adultery, sex, and violence” (The Miller’s Prologue). In Geoffrey Chaucer’s collection of tales, The Canterbury Tales, more specifically, The Miller’s Tale, his life is influenced within the tale whether it be his philosophies he has acquired through his experiences or specific events in his life that has incorporated into his writing. Throughout his tale, the story tells of a lover’s quarrel between John, the old carpenter who is married to Alisoun, Nicholas, the young clerk who is in love with Alisoun, Absolon, the parish clerk who is infatuated with Alisoun, and Alisoun, the beautiful young women who is having an affai...   [tags: Marriage, Love, Arranged marriage]

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Chaucer's Miller's Tale as Low Tragedy

- I found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts...because it is the only thing that can make it stop hurting. ---Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in Strange Land Chaucer's The Miller's Tale has been scrutinized in hundreds of ways throughout the centuries in many different ways. Every time it has been looked at it has been taken at its face value as a comedy due to the tone of the miller and it's stature as a fabliaux. I am going to take a different view of the piece, a view from the other side of the fence as it were....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Pursuit of Love in The Miller’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

- The Miller’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a story about a carpenter and his wife, and the two clerks who are pursuing her love. The two clerks were infatuated with the carpenter’s wife, and they employed peculiar strategies in an attempt to capture her attention and ultimately her affection. The two clerks used plans that revolved around religious doctrines and axioms as a tactic of establishing their pursuit as credible. Their use of religion is the reason for the success or failure of all three male characters’ objectives....   [tags: religion, flood, carpenter]

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The Knights and Miller´s Tale in Chaucer´s The Canterbury Tales

- ... One of the prisoners falls in love with Theseus’s sister-in-law, and is heartbroken that he can’t see her. The other prisoner also falls in love with her, they both argue over here, but realize there s no point because they both are in prison. Later on Mercury comes to the Theseus’s prison and tells Arcite(one of the prisoner) that he needs he needs to go back Athens. Arcite is just weak and feels like he can’t go on, but he says maybe he could use a disguise and no one would recognize him....   [tags: love, funny, chivalry]

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Important Female Roles: Don Juan Canto by Lord Byron and The Miller’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

- In Don Juan Canto 1 by Lord Byron and The Miller’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, women play cardinal roles in the development and advancement of the pieces. In the 17th and 18th century, women were still considered to be the masters of deceit by using their feminine wiles to entice men. In both of these pieces, women are the catalyst to the embarrassment and loss of livelihood that the main male characters face. As is seen in much of the literature of these times, women were typically the main reason for any misfortunates that the men faced because of their “natural” ability to tempt the ways of men....   [tags: seductresses, women, moral]

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Discuss Chaucer's comic method in the Miller's Prologue and Tale

- Discuss Chaucer's comic method in the Miller's Prologue and Tale. Combine your personal response with reference to other critical opinion at relevent points in your argument. The Miller's Tale is undoubtedly Chaucer's most crude and vulgar work, but how far did Chaucer intend for there to be a moral to his story. Are we supposed to sympathise with the jealous but 'sely' carpenter when the wife whom 'he lovede moore than his lyf' is unfaithful to him. Should we take pity on Absolon when his 'love-longynge' leads him to the riotous 'misplaced kiss'....   [tags: English Literature]

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A Comparison of Telling in Knight’s Tale and Miller’s Tale of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- The Importance of Telling in Knight’s Tale and Miller’s Tale In the Canterbury Tales, the Knight begins the tale-telling. Although straws were picked, and the order left to "aventure," or "cas," Harry Bailey seems to have pushed fate. The Knight represents the highest caste in the social hierarchy of the fourteenth century, those who rule, those who pray, and those who work. Assuming that the worldly knight would tell the most entertaining and understandable story (that would shorten their pilgrimage to St....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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How does Chaucer present love in The Miller’s Tale

- How does Chaucer present love in The Miller’s Tale In ‘The Miller’s Tale’ there are three different types of ‘love’ that Chaucer presents, and he also presents them in different ways, but manages to convey the emotions had by the character whilst entertaining the reader adding to the fabliau essence of the tale. The relationship between John and Alison is presented in an interesting way. The ‘love’ that one has for the other is very different; John cares deeply for her and is very much in love with this young girl and this is shown in his intense jealousy ‘Jalous he was, and heeled hire narwe in cage’ whilst Alison’s feelings for John seem to be less dedicated....   [tags: English Literature]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Miller’s Tale and the Life of Christ

- The Miller’s Tale and the Life of Christ        When Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, he created a great majority of the individual tales by "borrowing" and reworking material from various sources. Most of these stories would have been very familiar to his medieval audience, and the changes he made in the standard version of these tales for his work would have been a form of tacit communication that would have added an extra dimension to each of them. Howard says that "... the tales possess a relatedness of their own within a world of other texts....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale

- Comparing the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale In the conclusion between the Miller's Tale and the Reeve's Tale, the Reeve's Tale is far more insulting and malicious and convincingly closer to the true definition of quiting, then the Miller's Tale. The Reeve's Tale defines what trickery and evildoing and cuckolding is. The Miller's Tale is more of a tale dealing with a form of black 'humor and slapstick comedy, rather than a succession of put-downs which occurred in the Reeve's Tale....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Anti-Feminist Beliefs in Miller's Tale and Wife of Bath's Tale

- Anti-Feminist Beliefs in The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale   The Miller's Tale and The Wife of Bath's Tale feature two characters that, though they may appear to be different, are actually very similar. They both seem to confirm the anti-feminine beliefs that existed at the time Chaucer wrote his Canterbury Tales. However, they go about it in different ways. Alison, the woman in The Miller's Tale, tries to hide the fact that she has a passion for men other than her husband, and keep her position as an upstanding citizen intact....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Miller's Tale

- The Miller’s Tale Chaucer made a variety of characters that starred in his The Canterbury Tales. Many of those characters proved to be immoral. The miller is just one of the numerous characters this specific adjective applies to. A miller is someone who grinds grain to make bread. He isn’t very high on the social ladder and wasn’t well liked. The miller tells a story about a student who makes a fool of a carpenter and commits adultery with the carpenter’s wife. One of the themes of the story is that if you try to control someone and lock them away then they will rebel and go against you....   [tags: The Caterbury Tales, Chaucer, literary analysis]

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The Miller 's Prologue And Tale

- ... The Miller’s Tale impersonal tone makes the characters seem more impersonal as well – the reader is more focused on the plot sequence than the characters’ feelings or thoughts. This extends also to any possible religious message – it seems impersonal and secondary to the plot. In contrast, the tone of The Second Shepherd’s play allows the reader to focus more on the characters, and makes the plot seem secondary to its effects on those characters. Furthermore, any possible religious message also seems more personal and concrete....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Miller's Tale

- Do you believe that Chaucer thinks courtly love provides a useful set of rules and behaviors to guide man and women in their relationship. By analyzing two of the major characters, Nicholas and Absalon, and their relative success in relationships, explain what you believe Chaucer is telling us about courtly love though this tale. The Miller's tale story is about two characters that were pursuing the attention and affection of the beautiful Alison who was married to John the carpenter. These characters were Nicholas and Absalon....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer]

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The Naughty Miller By William Chaucer

- ... When he alludes to the Great Flood, he may be trying to expose the corruption of the Church during their time period. As a result of his biblical allusion to the great flood, it only further satirizes the tale, aimed at the Church. This tale is not only culturally relevant, but also to the audience and the society. The Miller’s Tale contrasts greatly with the Knight’s Tale, obviously more sarcastic, more humorous, and darker. In the Knight’s Tale and the Miller’s Tale, one can see their parallels, also the extension to the banter that arises through the comparable plotlines....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Human or Husk: Female Agency in The Knight's Tale and The Miller's Tale

- Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are filled with many entertaining tales from a variety of characters of different social classes and background. The first two tales told, by the knight and the miller, articulate very different perspectives of medieval life. Primarily, The tales of both the knight and the miller bring strikingly different views on the idea of female agency, and as we will discover, Chaucer himself leaves hints that he supports the more involved, independent Alison, over the paper-thin character of Emily....   [tags: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Literary Analysis]

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Summary and Analysis of The Miller's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Miller's Tale When the Knight had finished, everybody decided that he had told a noble story. The drunken Miller claims that he has a tale as noble as the one the Knight had told. The host tried to quiet the Miller, but he demanded to speak. He claims that he will tell the tale of a carpenter and his wife. His tale will be one of infidelity. The narrator attempts to apologize for the tale that will follow, admitting that the Miller is not well-bred and will therefore tell a bawdy tale....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Miller's Tale Essays]

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The Miller's Tale

- The link between the Miller and the tale he tells is quite a close one; the tale is really a reflection of the character that relates it. We will attempt to prove it by examining the storie's genre, the way in which it is narrated, and its intended meaning. The Miller's tale is a fabliau, a genre best defined as "a dirty story told with wit and point"; the tale itself is one of "old age, youth, carpentry and cuckoldry.". A character telling such a story can immediately be classified as a member of a low social class and gifted with a vulgar sense of humour, but not deprived of cleverness....   [tags: Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Comparing Clothing in Knight's Tale and the Miller's Tale

- One of the striking differences between the Knyghts Tale and the Millers Tale (which is supposed to "quit(e)" the Knyghts Tale) is that of clothing (the former tale) and lack of clothing (in the latter). Upon an inspection of the General Prologue's description of the Knyght, I found that clothing is a very signifcant part of the Knyght's Tale. Chaucer's decription of him may forshadow (or, since Chaucer wrote the tales after they were told, color his perceptions of the Knyght) the importance of clothing in the Knyght's Tale....   [tags: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales]

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The Miller's Prologue and Tale

- The Miller's Prologue and Tale is a humorous story about a love triangle of three men and one woman. The tale has many intriguing parts but the most important theme is that of loyalty. In the beginning of the tale, the carpenter, John, talks about his wife, how she is so much younger then him and how he is a very jealous man: "This carpenter hadde wedded a newe a wif / Which that he loved more than his lif. / Of eighteteen yeer she was of age; / Jalous he was wilde and yong, and he was old / And deemed himself been lik a cokewold" (113)....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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The Knight and the Miller Portrayed by Chaucer

- The Knight and the Miller Portrayed by Chaucer society. The Knight would be an educated member of society, whereas the Miller would be nearer the bottom of the social spectrum. The type of education each would have had is reflected in the language Chaucer uses in each portrait. In the Knights prologue Chaucer uses longer words and longer sentences. Chaucer lists all the battles the Knights has been in, and the long sentences used help to show the reader that the Knight is educated. In the Millers prologue shorter sentences and shorter words are used which infers that the Miller is uneducated....   [tags: Knight Miller Chaucer Essays]

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How Secrecy is Presented in The Millers Tale

- How Secrecy is Presented in The Miller’s Tale Secrecy is a prominent theme in The Miller’s Tale and Chaucer uses it to not only make the tale more interesting but also to give the characters more depth, or in the case of Alison less depth. The way that secrecy is presented and what effects it has will be discussed. Chaucer introduces the reader to secrecy at the beginning of the tale in The Miller’s Prologue, indicating its importance, ‘An housbande shal not been inqusitif of Goddes privetee,’ and this immediately makes the reader assume that at least one of the characters will in fact be inquisitive of ‘Goddes privetee’ and that there will be secrets in The Miller’s Tale....   [tags: The Millers Tale Geoffrey Chaucer Essays]

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Analysis Of Geoffrey Chaucer 's ' The Canterbury Tales '

- ... When returning to Alison’s house, Nicholas plays a childish trick on Absalon to pay him back for his continuous interruptions. He does this by letting go a thunderous fart on Absalon 's face. Immediately though, Absolon “...smote him in the middle of the rump...” with the hot coulter (105). This was his ultimate payback to Alison and her friend, Nicholas, who made of fool of him with their antics. Though childish and immature, the payback present in “The Miller’s Tale” not only offers a good laugh for the readers, but contributes to the theme of payback in the novel....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman's Tale

- The Canterbury Tales, - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman’s Tale There is no doubting Chaucer’s mastery at paroemia; that his adaptations of his many and varied sources transcended their roots is attested by the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries or authorities, his works have not “passen as dooth a shadwe upon the wal”[1]. Yet while his skill as a medieval author is undisputed, the extent of his subtlety is not always fully appreciated. In The Canterbury Tales, for instance, while some tales were rapid in drawing academic interest and scholarly interpretations, others were quickly dismissed as ribald tales, as simple fabliaux hardly worthy of more than a cursory examination....   [tags: Chaucer Shipman's Tale Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Importance of Order in Knight's Tale

- The Importance of Order in Knight's Tale   Chaucer claims to place the Knight's Tale just after the General Prologue by chance, the drawing of lots. The Knight draws the short straw, and all are glad for it. The appropriateness of his lengthy tale to follow is clear on some levels, and barely perceptible on others. I intend to launch my investigation of the Knight's Tale with a scrutiny of these three statements, and perhaps we shall find an interesting conclusion in this, albeit a disputable one....   [tags: Chaucer Knight's Tale Essays]

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The Miller Inside and Out

- The relationship between the Miller and the Miller’s Tale is close, for the tale is a reflection of the teller. The Miller’s tale is a fabliau, a genre best described as a short story full of ribald and humor. The Miller’s tale consists of events of “cuckoldry” (Chaucer 1720), “foolishness” (1718), and “secrets” (1719). Telling such a story, the Miller can immediately be classified as a man of low social status with a vulgar sense of humor full of shrewdness. However, as the tale continues, it reveals the unexpected soft side of the Miller as he sympathizes with the distressed woman trapped in the norms of society....   [tags: Character Analysis, Miller, Alison]

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Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Contradictions in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales There is no question that contradictory values make up a major component of The Canterbury Tales. Fate vs. Fortuna, knowledge vs. experience and love vs. hate all embody Chaucer's famous work. These contrasting themes are an integral part of the complexity and sophistication of the book, as they provide for an ironic dichotomy to the creative plot development and undermine the superficial assumptions that might be made. The combination of completely contradictory motifs leads to the unusual stories and outcomes that come to play out in the tales....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Chaucer's Parody To Courtly Love

- Chaucer's Parody To Courtly Love After the Knight tells his story, the Miller insists very rudely to tell his tale. Chaucer uses the aspect of courtly love which is found in the Knights tale and makes a parody of it; He uses the Miller?s character to mock the Knights idea of courtly love. Miller describes the heroine of his story Alison, as a wife of an older man and also an infidel. She?s compared to a ?wezele. sly and cunning. The description of Alison clearly indicates that she is very different from an innocent girl from courtly love stories instead she?s well aware of her husbands jealousy and wears elaborate cloths to show off her beauty....   [tags: English Literature Chaucer Essays Papers]

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Chaucer's Portrayal Of Women in Canterbury Tales

- All through Canterbury Tales, women are dealt with as objects in everyday life. In the “Miller’s Tale,” an old man marries a younger, attractive women for her looks. In the “Wife of Bath’s Tale,” a virgin woman has her virginity and innocence taken from her by what is suppose to be a noble and honorable knight and when his punishment is later to marry an older, less attractive women, all respect for his newly wife vanishes. A woman’s level of recognition in Canterbury Tales are through her class in society, whether she is young and beautiful, or old and disgusting, and her degree of experience in life....   [tags: Women, Canterbury Tales, gender, Geoffrey Chaucer,]

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The Miller's Tale: Differentiation of Sex

- The Miller's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer is a mirror of medieval society particularly in the way it depicts the relationships between men and women as well as giving a realistic portrait of working class people during the middle ages. Alison, the main character illustrates how a woman was able to use her sex through her actions of deceit to many characters. Popular belief holds that courtly love was prevalent during the medieval period; however The Miller's Tale provides a more realistic look into sexual relationships through its use of infidelity and sexual humor....   [tags: World Literature]

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Foreshadowing "The Miller's Tale"

- Foreshadowing the Miller's Tale In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chaucer the author and Chaucer the pilgrim are both quick to make distinctions between characters and point out shortcomings. Though Chaucer the pilgrim is meeting the group for the first time, his characterizations go beyond simple physical descriptions. Using just twenty-one lines in the General Prologue, the author presents the character of the Miller and offers descriptions that foreshadow the sardonic tone of his tale and the mischievous nature of his protagonist....   [tags: European Literature]

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Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Critics interpreting Chaucerian depictions of drunkenness have traditionally focused on the state as an unalloyed vice, citing variously as justification the poet’s Christian conservatism, his intimate association with the disreputable London vintner community, and even possible firsthand familiarity with alcoholism. While we must always remain vigilant to the evils of excessive inebriation, to portray Chaucer’s images of drink and revelry in The Canterbury Tales as an unqualified denunciation is to oversimplify the poet’s work and to profane his art....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Canterbury Tales - Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale

- A Comparison of the Miller's Tale and the Knight's Tale        It is common when considering The Canterbury Tales to discuss how some tales seem designed to emphasise the themes of others. Two such tales are the Miller's Tale2 and the Knight's Tale3. At first glance these two tales seem an incongruous pairing. The Knight's Tale is told by an eminent person, is an historical romance which barely escapes a tragic ending, and its themes are universal: the relationship of individuals to providence, fortune and free will....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Character of the Reeve

- The Character of the Reeve in Canterbury Tales 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: “His beerd was shave as neigh as evere he can; His heer was by his eres ful round yshorn;...   [tags: Reeves Tale Essays]

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Parody on Chaucer

- Chaucer’s book The Canterbury Tales presents a frame story written at the end of the 14th century. It narrates the story of a group of pilgrims who participate in a story-telling contest that they made up to entertain each other while they travel to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Because of this, some of the tales become particularly attractive for they are written within a frame of parody which, as a style that mocks genre, is usually achieved by the deliberate exaggeration of some aspects of it for comic effect....   [tags: love, mocking, exaggeration]

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The True Face of Lowbrow Humor

- Following Chaucer’s description of the Miller in the General Prologue, The Miller’s Tale reveals a man who is more complex than his appearance initially suggests. The Miller’s Tale is a fabliau that consists of events of “cuckoldry,” “foolishness,” and “secrets” (1720, 1718, and 1719). Given the bawdy humor of his story, the Miller would seem to be crude and superficial. As the tale unfolds, it depicts how the norms of society trap John’s wife, Alison, in her marriage. Despite his fondness for vulgarity and fraudulence, the Miller is surprisingly sympathetic toward Alison....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Miller's Tale]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Suppression and Silence in The Reeve’s Tale

- Suppression and Silence in The Reeve’s Tale   Such comments as, “I pray to God his nekke mote to-breke” quickly reveal that the ver-bal 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 Reeve’s ostensibly odd behavior, being given to morose speeches followed by violent outbursts, all the while harboring spiteful desires. Anger typifies the Reeve’s dialogue and his tale, which begs the question why....   [tags: Reeves Tale Essays]

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Immorality in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- Immorality and moral ambiguity are two concepts that will ruin any relationship. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, he specifically illustrates through his pilgrims’ stories some comical and realistic events that display immorality in the Middle Ages. There are several characters whose stories are focused on presenting the immorality within their tales. Like that of “The Miller’s Tale,” and “The Merchant’s Tale.” Chaucer utilizes these tales to display one specific immoral act, which is sexual sin or lust....   [tags: Literature]

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Passive Women in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales?

- Passive Women in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. One argument that reigns supreme when considering Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is whether or not there is an element of anti-feminism within the text. One thread that goes along with this is whether or not the women of The Canterbury Tales are passive within the tales told. This essay will explore the idea that the women found within the tales told by the pilgrims (The Knight’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale to name a few) are not passive at all, but rather influence the turn of events within the stories....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Women Essays]

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Perceptions of Marriage in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Perceptions of Marriage in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales       Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales demonstrate many different attitudes toward and perceptions of marriage.  Some of these ideas are very traditional, such as that discussed in the Franklin's Tale, and others are more liberal such as the marriages portrayed in the Miller's and the Wife of Bath's Tales.  While several of these tales are rather comical, they do indeed give us a representation of the attitudes toward marriage at that time in history....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays Chaucer Papers]

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The Bourgeois Social Class in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- It is clear that Geoffrey Chaucer was acutely aware of the strict classist system in which he lived; indeed the very subject matter of his Canterbury Tales (CT) is a commentary on this system: its shortcomings and its benefits regarding English society. In fact, Chaucer is particularly adept at portraying each of his pilgrims as an example of various strata within 14th century English society. And upon first reading the CT, one might mistake Chaucer's acute social awareness and insightful characterizations as accurate portrayals of British society in the late 1300s and early 1400s....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales]

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Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales serves as a moral manual in the Middle Ages. In the tales, Geoffrey Chaucer portrays the problems of the society. For instance, Chaucer uses the monk and the friar in comparison to the parson to show what the ecclesiastical class are doing versus what they are supposed to be doing. In other words, it is to make people be aware of these problems. It can be inferred that the author’s main goal is for this literary work to serve as a message to the people along with changing the society in relation to these problems....   [tags: Middle Ages, Women, Feminisim, Analysis]

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The Characters in the Millers Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

- The Characters in the Millers Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer During the middle ages, religion was the matrix of a person’s life. Everything, even boiling an egg, depended on religion, for the egg was cooked when the prayer was finished. With religion came certain morals and ideals that even now are associated with Christianity. A person was viewed based on how he measured up to the ideals of his profession or position in life. This was mostly proven in the satiric tone that Geoffrey Chaucer chooses to give to the narrator, in the Prologue, when describing such corrupt characters as the Monk and the Pardoner....   [tags: Papers]

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How Does Chaucer Present The Miller To Become Such A Vivid And Vibrant

- How Does Chaucer Present The Miller To Become Such A Vivid And Vibrant Character. ‘The Canterbury Tales’ is a selection of stories written in Middle English. On a spring day in April sometime in the 14th century 29 pilgrims (including Chaucer as a character 30) set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage. Among them is a knight, a monk, a prioress, two nun’s, the friar, the squire, the yeoman, the merchant, a clerk, a sergeant of the law, a wealthy landowner, a doctor, the wife of Bath, a supplier, the reeve, a somonour, a pardoner, Harry Bailey (the host), Chaucer himself, a haberdasher, a carpenter, a weaver, a tapestry maker, a dyere, a cook, a shipman, a poor parson, a plowman, and a miller....   [tags: English Literature]

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Analysis on the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer

- In his General Prologue, Geoffrey Chaucer introduces all of his characters to the reader. He writes that there was a group of people who met, and were all, coincidentally going to Canterbury. In the General Prologue, it is written, “Some nine and twenty in a company Of sundry folk happening then to fall In fellowship, and they were pilgrims all That towards Canterbury meant to ride.” The Canterbury Tales is a collection of the stories that each of these characters tells on the journey. There is a vast assortment of characters....   [tags: monk, skipper, miller, characters]

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The Miller's Tale

- The Miller's Tale The Miller’s Tale is in the form of fabliaux, which is part of the oral tradition of storytelling, which was very popular among the lower classes in the medieval times. Prominently bawdy and satirizing in content, fabliaux commonly told the story of a bourgeois husband who is cuckolded by his young wife. Fabliaux brings a great contrast to the likes of the courtly love tales such as the Knight’s Tale, thus it reflects Chaucer’s social and literary experience....   [tags: Papers Fabliaux Storytelling]

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Dialectal Awareness in the Reeve's Tale

- Dialectal Awareness in the Reeve's Tale Throughout any given period of human history, language has been the highest expression of observable and transmissible culture. Individuals generally affiliate themselves with those of like culture and characteristics and tend to shun those who express qualities and beliefs that are different from what is commonly accepted or familiar. Wedges are often driven in the midst of identical groups of people with common beliefs, simply because one particular dialect of their language is strange to the ear of another group, or is difficult for that other group to understand ....   [tags: Reeves Tale Essays]

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The Miller

- The Miller The Miller is not in the tale, but is as vivid a creation of Chaucer as characters that are. The Knight presents us with an ideal to which he probably aspires; the Miller presents us with the real everyday world. While the Knight stresses the nature of romantic love, the Miller considers love in sexual terms. Neither view alone is wholly true. Each is a corrective to the other: love embraces both of these elements. This paper will describe The Miller’s characteristics, his humor, his education level, and his habits....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Comedy of Chaucer's Fabliaux

- In a significant number of his tales Chaucer uses the comic genre of fabliaux, which are short, typically anti-intellectual, indecent tales of bourgeois or low life. The plot usually involves an older husband who is cuckholded by a younger man whom (often) the older man has himself brought into the house, and his often younger wife. The Miller, the Reve, the Merchant and the Wife of Bath all tell tales which are essentially amoral - in fitting with the genre; tales which would not have been acceptable had they been written in an aristocratic setting, but which were accepted as suitable depictions of lower class life....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Marital Obligation in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

- In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer’s real opinions about marriage and relationships between men and women are shown. Marriage is an institution viewed upon in many different ways. Some believe it is a consecrated union of two people in order to procreate. On the other hand, there are those who look at it as a social contract which often binds two people that are not necessarily right for each other. Chaucer combines these two beliefs into one major belief. Chaucer seems to look at marriage as an obligation that is constantly dominated by one of its two members, this view being shown in the prologues and tales of the Clerk, the Wife of Bath, and the Miller....   [tags: power, control, marriage]

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Juxtaposition in "The Miller's Tale"

- The Juxtaposition of the sacred and the erotic is typical of the miller's style of story telling. With reference to the extract (lines 540-548), discuss the narrative technique employed in this tale The Miller has employed the technique of the juxtaposition of the sacred and erotic in this tale for effect as it is offensive yet humorous and entertaining. Juxtaposition is the combining of two different improbable ideas next to each other which is used to generate great contrast and shock, thus it makes this technique very successful....   [tags: European Literature]

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What is the importance of the description of Alison in the Context of the Miller?s Prologue and Tale?

- In “The Miller’s Tale”, the poet Chaucer depicts the tale of a “hende” man and his attempt to tempt the “primerole” Alisoun to commit adultery and therefore render her husband, John a “cokewold”. The Miller’s Tale is just one story amongst a collection of greater works known collectively as “The Canterbury Tales”. The placing of this tale is significant becomes it comes directly after the Knight’s Tale revolving around nobility and chivalry and forms a direct contrast due to the fact it is bawdy, lewd and highly inappropriate....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Sit and Spin: Chaucer’s social commentary grows from so-called "intrusion" The relationship Geoffrey Chaucer establishes between "outsiders" and "insiders" in The Canterbury Tales provides the primary fuel for the poetry’s social commentary. Both tales and moments within tales describing instances of intrusion work to create a sense of proper order disturbed in the imaginary, structured universes presented by the pilgrims. The perturbances, conflicts born of these examples of, "intrusion into the inner circle," bear the responsibility for most of the ironic-comedic role reversal on which the Tales thrive....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Significance of Women in Chaucer's The Cantebury Tales

- The Significance of Women in Chaucer's The Cantebury Tales        In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Cantebury Tales, many stories are told leading to a wide range of topics.  One particular and significant topic Chaucer touches on many times is the role of women.  In stories such as The Millers Tale, The Knight's Tale, and the Wife of Bath's Tale the women of each story are portrayed extremely different.  Alisoun, Emelye, and the wife of Bath, each exemplify three dissimilar ways in which women love.  The way Chaucer describes each of these characters is dependent on the out come of each particular story.  Chaucer is careful with his word choice and figurative language with each woman, enabling t...   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Re-read the Ending of the Miller's Tale. How Far Do You Consider It to Be a Satisfying Conclusion?

- Following its fast, action-packed pace, "The Miller's Tale" climaxes with a series of causes and effects and ends rather abruptly with Chaucer's short summary on the sequence of events. On one hand the brusque ending of "The Miller's tale" is appropriate to the nature of The Miller himself, we know him to be a drunk, rude man who, "abide no man for his curtsies," and this ending seems to reflect that behaviour. However on the other hand, as the reader, do we feel "The Miller's Tale," is missing an imperative moral....   [tags: European Literature]

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Parody in The Canterbury Tales

- “The Canterbury Tales” was written in the 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer. These tales constitutes a frame story which each pilgrim has to tell their own story to the Chaucer, the pilgrim; not the poet. As we know, the tale itself is a satire, but the stylistic structure in the tales creates a sense that can be a parody as well. To support this idea of parody, it is need to know the definition of parody and how Chaucer use this style to make his own ideas clear through the general prologue and the tales such as “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Knight’s Tale”....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer, medieval literature]

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The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

- In the Middle Ages, gender stereotypes of both male and female exist. These stereotypes are especially examined by Chaucer in love stories. Chaucer’s attitudes toward stereotypes of men and women are different—generally, he confirms most of the stereotypes of male while challenging those of female. In the following passage, I would like to discuss how Chaucer interrogates the stereotypes in his tales from the aspects of these two genders. In gender stereotypes of male in the Middle Ages, what men are supposed to be like is mainly based on chivalric values....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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The Canterbury Tales: Essay on the Middle Ages

- Essay on the middle ages The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer Explore the use Chaucer makes of parody by referring to at least two tales. Chaucer’s book “The Canterbury Tales” presents a frame story written at the end of the 14th century that is set through a group of pilgrims participation in a story-telling contest that they make up to entertain each other while they travel to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Because of this, some of the tales become particularly attractive for they are written within a frame of parody which, as a style that mocks genre, is usually achieved by the deliberate exaggeration of some aspects of it for comic effect....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer and parody]

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The Spectrum of Marriages in The Canterbury Tales

- In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer portrays a wide spectrum of marriage from what can be traditionally seen as the worst to the best. Three of these tales, The Miller's, The Franklin's, and The Wife of Bath's, support this examination of what can constitute an ideal marriage. First in the Miller's tale is exposed what can be interpreted as the worst type of marriage. In this fabliau Chaucer exposes the problems of an older man marrying a younger women and gives the impression that this situation should not be desired in a marriage, “He was jealous and kept her on a short leash, / for she was wild and young, and he was old” (lines 38-39)....   [tags: spectrum of marriage as seen by Chaucer]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Essay - The Strong Wife of Bath

- The Strong Wife of Bath     Alison of Bath as a battered wife may seem all wrong, but her fifth husband, Jankyn, did torment her and knock her down, if not out, deafening her somewhat in the process. Nevertheless, the Wife of Bath got the upper hand in this marriage as she had done in the other four and as she would probably do in the sixth, which she declared herself ready to welcome. Alison certainly ranks high among women able to gain control over their mates.   The Wife of Bath's personality, philosophy of sexuality, and attitude toward sovereignty in marriage obviously are offered as comedy....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Chaucer 's Bath

- Many of Chaucer’s pilgrims represent a kind of duality. The Pardoner gives a sermon while admitting he is one held captive by his sin. The Miller, of one of the lowest classes depicted of the pilgrims, tells a tale directly proceeding the Knight’s tale of noble valor. Many others, still, tell tales that do not necessarily contradict their prologues but rather round out their characters. The Wife of Bath is no different. While seemingly hardened by her life of “misery and woe,” that becomes the marriages described in her prologue, she is still able to tell a tale of dishonorable knights, powerful queens, and relenting kings with a type of grace unexpected from a character such as herself....   [tags: Marriage, Husband, Knight, Rhetoric]

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Analysis of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

- The Canterbury Tales is more than an amusing assortment of stories; it is an illustration of the society in which Geoffrey Chaucer lived. It portrays the culture and class system of the medieval ages in microcosm. Every strata of human life at the time were represented by the many characters whose tales are told. Each character’s basic human nature also plays a role in their stories, and each one has within them the strengths and weaknesses that make up all of humanity. Each character exemplifies their life and reputation through the stories they tell....   [tags: nature, sin, culture, class, system]

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The True Face of Unethical Humor

- Following Chaucer’s description of the Miller in the General Prologue, The Miller’s Tale reveals that the Miller is more complex than his appearance initially suggests. Given its bawdy and humorous nature, the Miller’s story consists of events of “cuckoldry,” “foolishness,” and “secrets” (1720, 1718, and 1719). As the teller of such a tale, the Miller would immediately be classified as a crude man, interested only in the physical appeal of women. However, as the tale unfolds, it imparts the Miller’s unexpected empathy as he commiserates with Alison, who is trapped by the norms of society....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Miller]

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A Discussion of Chaucer's Use of Satire to Reach Audiences

- Geoffrey Chaucer was an English Poet whose most famous work was “The Canterbury Tales”. The Canterbury Tales continues to be acknowledged for the beautiful rhythm of Chaucer’s language, and his characteristic use of clever, satirical wit. (A+E Networks) According to Encyclopedia Britannica, satire is a literary form in which human or individual vices, follies, abuses or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule. (“Satire” Encyclopedia Britannica) In this case, when each character of The Canterbury Tales gets up to talk, Chaucer slips in some remarks that may offend the audience to make a point....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, literary devices]

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Literary Essay: Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

- One of the most recognized attribute of Chaucer’s narrative was the ability to create characters that embodied features distant from the fiction, making them very real and believable through the writing. To verify this statement it is necessary to examine Chaucer’s work. The most celebrated of them is the collection of stories "The Canterbury Tales" (originally written in Middle English) which were the last work of Geoffrey Chaucer and perhaps the best of the middle ages in England. Therefore, for literary reasons, three characters were taken for an analysis to distinguish the level of transcendence recognized (if any) in their inner and outer lives....   [tags: Narrative, Characters, Literary Analysis]

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Chaucer,Boccaccio,and the debate of love

- N.S. Thompson, Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Debate of Love: A Comparative Study of The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Clarendon, 1996; 354pp.; Nigel Thompson's book resists alignment with current concerns in late-medieval studies: he has little or nothing to say about manuscripts and their dissemination; about the audiences, reception, and imitation of the works he treats; about gender and its representation; about contemporary social and political developments and how these works reflect and even affect them; or about nationalism and internationalism in both late-medieval writers and the twentieth-century study of their work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Chaucer and the Humor of the Canterbury Tales

- My presentation is based an article titled The Inhibited and the Uninhibited: Ironic Structure in the Miller’s Tale it s written by Earle Birney. The literary theme that Birney is discussing in his essay is structural irony. Structural irony is basically a series of ironic events and instances that finally build up to create a climax. The events and the climax the Birney chooses to focus his essay on are the events that lead towards the end when almost each character suffers an ironic event: Absolon: kisses Alisoun’s backside Nicholas: gets his backside burned John: falls from the tub and breaks his arm Ironic events and play on words were used to lead to this ironic climax....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- In Chaucer’s day women were thought of in lesser regard than men. Their positions in the community were less noble and often displeasing. The Canterbury Tales, written by Chaucer, is about a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Along with the narrator (Chaucer), there are 29 other Canterbury pilgrims. Not surprisingly, only three of them are women: the Prioress, the associate of the Prioress, and the Wife of Bath. Each traveler is to tell two tales to make the journey to Canterbury and back more enjoyable....   [tags: essays research papers]

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`` Quiting ' Eve : Violence Against Women

- ... By his act, Aleyn will dehumanize Malyne, reduce her to an object equivalent to another inanimate object, a sack of grain. Although falling back on legal precedence, this assault on Malyne is personal. Aleyn and John could have waited for the miller and his wife to fall asleep then taken whatever they wanted in compensation for the stolen grain. Aleyn 's companion, John, is also angry and fears that he, too, will be the object of scorn back at his college if he doesn 't join Aleyn in seeking some form of redress for the theft of the grain - "I sal been halde a daf, a cokenay!" (Chaucer 4208)....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, The Reeve's Tale]

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Chaucer

- Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales demonstrate many different attitudes toward and perceptions of marriage. Some of these ideas are more liberal thought such as the marriages portrayed in the Wife of Bath, the Clerk’s and Merchant’s Tales. Then there are those tales that are very traditional, such as that discussed in the Franklin's and the Squire’s tales. And lastly there is a tales of that of the Friar and the Summoner which aren’t really involved with marriage but are in the middle of the marriage group to show the fighting between two men and to prove the Wife of bath right....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Retribution in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- Retribution in The Canterbury Tales Retribution is essential to a balanced humanity, acting as an offset for immoral deeds. Although retribution remains a necessary part of existence, it can be circumvented through penance, as exemplified in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Upon entering the process of penance, the sinner must take the initial step and feel repentance for their immoral actions. However, without contrition, avoidance of punishment can only be achieved through a display cunning maneuvering, which then acts as redemption....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Geoffrey Chaucer

- Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, the son of a successful wine merchant. After probably spending many of his childhood days in London's Vintry, his father did not send him to apprenticeship school, but rather to the aristocratic house of the countess of Ulster. There he trained as a page and learned the mannerisms and skills of the ruling class. "After that in1359-60 Chaucer serves in the war in France.1360 Chaucer, captured by the French, is ransomed (for 16 pounds)." (Benson, L.D pg 1).Chaucer then married Philippa Roet in 1366....   [tags: Biography]

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Themes in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

- Themes in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Throughout an author’s literature, many times we find common themes; this is definitely true in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In the literary work, the reader can find common themes through many of the tales. In the Wife of Bath tale, The Miller’s tale, and the Pardoner’s tale, it is easy to see that one of the main themes through the book is that women are the downfall of men. Although this may not have been Chaucer’s personal feeling, he gives ample proof to prove this statement through his characters and their stories....   [tags: Papers]

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Consider the ways in which the Miller presents John the Carpenter in

- Consider the ways in which the Miller presents John the Carpenter in The Miller's Tale. In your answer you should pay particular attention; - Vocabulary and style - Form - Any other features of language you consider to be important John the Carpenter is a character who Chaucer uses to make an example of someone who is extremely gullible. To some extent, the nature of which he is gullible can often be unbelievable because some of the things he does are of a farcical nature; "Y-geten us thise kneeding-tubbes three, Than shaltou hang hem in the roof full hye" The Carpenter is a central character in the plot because he is the person who the majority of the 'jokes' and farces are based upo...   [tags: English Literature]

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