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The Tale of the Pardoner in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- A Look at the Pardoner: the Genius of Chaucer The Canterbury Tales is a literary masterpiece in which the brilliant author Geoffrey Chaucer sought out to accomplish various goals. Chaucer wrote his tales during the late 1300’s. This puts him right at the beginning of the decline of the Middle Ages. Historically, we know that a middle class was just starting to take shape at this time, due to the emerging commerce industry. Chaucer was able to see the importance and future success of the middle class, and wrote his work with them in mind....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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The Mogul Tale and the Little Theater in Haymarket

- The Mogul Tale and the Little Theater in Haymarket The Little Theater in Haymarket was one of the more prominent venues in London during the latter half of the 18th century. Built and opened in 1720, the “Little” Theater, so it was called to distinguish it from the larger King’s opera house located nearby, was originally designated as a playhouse for French performers.2 Its proprietor John Potter obtained permission for its construction from the Lord Chamberlain Thomas Pelham with the help of the influential Duke of Montagu.1 True to its name the Little Theater’s original measurements were 48 feet wide and 136 feet long....   [tags: Mogul Tale]

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The Squire's Tale

- The Squire's Tale     The Squire's tale ends two lines into its third section, and following this abrupt termination is the "wordes of the Frankeleyn to the Squier."  The Franklin praises the young Squire's attempt at a courtly romance and says that he wishes his own son was more like the Squire.  This is followed by the "wordes of the Hoost to the Frankeleyn."  Many critics believe that the words of the Franklin to the Squire are intended as an interruption of the tale that threatens to go on far too long.  However, I believe the words of the Franklin to the Squire were not meant to be an interruption at all.  There are four main reasons why I believe the passage...   [tags: Squire's Tale Essays]

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

- Moebius’ definition of intangible and invisible covers the vast array of human emotion and experiences from love to death through to responsibility and a truth beyond the individual. Corroborated by Bader’s comment they are about sensations and emotions provoking a shift in the reader’s paradigms (Moebius, 2009). This essay will look at how Potter and Browne convey these ideas using Moebius’ codes and exploring the concept of relationships concluding with how Potter and Browne illustrate their views on childhood....   [tags: Tale of Peter Rabbit]

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Theme of Resurrection in Charles Dickens’s Book, A Tale of Two Cities

- Robespierre, the dictator of the Committee of Public Safety during the Reign of Terror once said, "Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible." If terror is justice, would 30,000 men and women across France have lost their lives during the Reign of Terror. In Charles Dickens’s book, A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens used the injustice in the French Revolution and the corruption in societies of that time to show the theme of resurrection along with many other themes. In the novel, the heroes and heroine uses sacrifice to resurrect an important person in their lives....   [tags: A Tale of Two Cities]

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The Charater of the Physician in The Physician's Tale

- The Charater of the Physician in The Physician's tale Geoffrey Chaucer significantly describes many characters in the piece of literature, The Canterbury Tales. One fascinating tale he writes is the physician's tale. The physician's tale describes a story of mortal sin and lust. This tale reflects the physician in various ways. Also, many characters are portrayed in this tale such as the knight, the girl, and the judge. Each of these characters plays an important role in this tale as they help portray the characteristics of the physician....   [tags: Physician's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Knight's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Knight's Tale The Knight's Tale, Part I: The Knight begins his tale with the story of a prince named Theseus who married Hippolyta, the queen of Scythia, and brought her and her sister, Emelye, back to Athens with him after conquering her kingdom of Amazons. When Theseus returned home victorious, he became aware that there was a company of women clad in black who knelt at the side of the highway, shrieking. The oldest of the women asked Theseus for pity. She told him that she was once the wife of King Cappaneus who was destroyed at Thebes, and that all of the other women with her lost their husbands....   [tags: The Knight's Tale Essays]

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Elizabeth Inchbald’s A Mogul Tale

- Elizabeth Inchbald’s A Mogul Tale The year 1784 found an earnest young female playwright, Elizabeth Inchbald, sitting down to pen what would become her “first success as a writer” humbly titled A Mogul Tale.1[1]. The story involves what appears to be an outlandish plot, since it is a farce which revolves around a party of London ballooners who accidentally land in the seraglio of a great mogul2[2]. But applied research finds that Mrs. Inchbald had indeed done her homework, for the dynasty of the Mughals (as modernity has changed the spelling) really did exist....   [tags: Mughal Tale]

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The Loss of the Ideal in A Tale of a Tub

- A Tale of a Tub is a mass of text seemingly thrown together with the purpose of deliberately confusing the reader, but its digressions upon digressions cannot mask the inevitable theme of loss, which is ultimately found in all of Swift's works. The satire holds the present against an ideal of past perfection, and the comparison always shows the modern to be lacking. The church adulterates religion; moderns, the ancients; critics, the author. The narrator of Swift’s text seems to believe that the moment a great work or idea is put forth, it can be pure, but will always degrade with time....   [tags: Tale of a Tub Essays]

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The Suffering Griselda in The Clerk's Tale

-     In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Clerk's Tale," from The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer describes a "perfect wife."  This wife, Griselda, is totally submissive to her husband, and seems to have no regrets or remorse for anything he makes her do.  Griselda's husband, Walter, puts her through many trials in order to test her dedication and loyalty to him.  He takes away both of their children, telling her that he is going to have them killed.  He then tells her that he is divorcing her and taking another bride.  After this, he forces her to prepare the new bride for him.  Through all of this, Griselda loves Walter without fail, meets his demands without any word of disapproval, and remains faithful...   [tags: Clerk's Tale Essays]

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The Power of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- The Power of The Winter's Tale        Many of Shakespeare's later plays broke with customs of genre. The Merchant of Venice has all the elements of a comedy, but deals with very grave matters and ends ambiguously. Pericles foreshadows the novel in its romantic plot and use of narration. Such plays challenged prevalent Renaissance literary theory which demanded fairly strict adherence to classical values of realism and unity. The Winter's Tale is a self-conscious violation of these expectations, and a jibe at the assumptions behind them....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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The Wanton Cynic in The Merchant's Tale

- The Wanton Cynic in The Merchant's Tale The Merchant's Prologue and Tale presents the darkest side of Chaucer's discussion on marriage. Playing off both the satire of the moral philosopher, the Clerk, and the marital stage set by the Wyf of Bathe, the Merchant comes forth with his angry disgust about his own marital fate. Disillusioned and depraved, the Merchant crafts a tale with a main character who parallels his own prevarication and blind reductionism while he simultaneously tries to validate his own wanton life by selling his belief to the other pilgrims....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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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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An Analysis of A Tale of Two Cities

- An Analysis of A Tale of Two Cities By reading the novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it gives us an understanding of the French Revolutionary War that cannot be found in textbooks. By reading between the lines, each of the characters represents the stirring emotions and reactions of the people that were affected by the War. Lucie Manett, who later becomes Lucie Darnay, is a tender and affectionate loving person. She is a very virtuous woman who reaches out to all human beings in need of love....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

- Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities      Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities.  Many of the characters in the novel are involved with the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil.  The theme of resurrection involves certain aspects of all of these themes and brings the story together.         Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities.  He is taken away from his pregnant wife and then imprisoned for eighteen very long years.  Over the years, his condition deteriorates until he forgets his real name and mindlessly cobbles shoes to pass the time.  In "Book the...   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Foreshadowing in A Tale of Two Cities

- Foreshadowing in A Tale of Two Cities How does diabolically spilt blood and mysterious footsteps become important in a historical fiction novel. What makes these murder-mystery traits relevant. Charles Dickens, author of A Tale of Two Cities, creatively foreshadows future events using suspenseful topics: A forbidden declaration of love, a tragically beautiful sunset streaked with crimson, echoing footsteps of a past that will not be forgotten, and wine stained streets soon to be smeared with blood....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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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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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

- Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities During a time of lost hope, death and war, the `golden thread', Lucie Manette plays the roll of a heroine doing everything she can to make sure the important people in her life are loved. Lucie provides not only warmth toward her father, Dr. Manette, but also towards the man that yearns for Lucie's love; Sydney Carton. Despite all the negativity that surrounds Lucie and her loved ones, she doesn't fail to lead her father and Carton to rebirth. Unlike the process of actual birth, rebirth is associated with rejuvenation....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

- Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities     In A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, many characters are given second chances as their lives are resurrected. The central heroine woman, Lucy Manette, is responsible for the resurrections of Sydney Carton and Dr. Alexander Manette's lives. She gives them inspiration and love to help them recover from their seemingly hopeless states. In turn, Carton gives up his own life in order to save a friend. The lives of Sydney Carton, Dr. Manette, and Charles Darnay are all resurrected at times when hope is lost....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart

- The Narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart Through the first person narrator, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" illustrates how man's imagination is capable of being so vivid that it profoundly affects people's lives. The manifestation of the narrator's imagination unconsciously plants seeds in his mind, and those seeds grow into an unmanageable situation for which there is no room for reason and which culminates in murder. The narrator takes care of an old man with whom the relationship is unclear, although the narrator's comment of "For his gold I had no desire" (Poe 34) lends itself to the fact that the old man may be a family member whose death would monetarily benefit t...   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]

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The Pardoner’s Tale vs. The Chaucer’s Prologue

- Geoffrey Chaucer introduces numerous characters in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales; each character possessing a distinct personality and lifestyle. Chaucer gives insight into the lives of the characters on their pilgrimage to Canterbury. The Pardoner unfurls his thoughts and feelings giving us extended insight into his own character, by providing us with a tale of his own. In doing so, he contrasts other pious figures who are introduced in the prologue, with character traits consisting of an effeminate lifestyle, avariciousness, as well as hypocrisy....   [tags: Pardoner’s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer, characters, rel]

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The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart

- The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart   Writers can use many tricks to make a story seem more interesting to the reader. From the words they pick to the setting to the time of the day... the possibilities are endless. In the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, the use of light and darkness, the description of the mans eye and the time frame make the story more scary than anything else. Poe also uses suspense at the end to make the readers heart beat faster. The speaker starts the story out by explaining that he doe not hate the old man that he is about to kill....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]

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A Tale of Two Cities

- Free A Tale of Two Cities Essays - Sydney Carton and Charles Darney Sydney Carton and Charles Darney were alike in certain ways but completely different in other ways. Some of their characteristics were very similar while others were unlike. Carton was an attorney’s assistant who lived in Paris while Darney was a teacher who lived in London. They both had intangibles about them that you just couldn’t put your finger on. These similarities and differences helped develop Dickens’s theme. Though there were some similarities between Sydney and Charles there were not that many....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe -Commentary- In "The Tell-Tale Heart" the action is filtered through the eyes of a delusional narrator. The narrator fixates upon the old man's eye and determines to commit a conscious act of murder. He prides himself on his careful planning and mastery at deceiving others. While he acts friendly towards the old man and the police, dark secrets are hidden deep inside of him. This leads to a false confidence. He insists on seating the policemen in the very room where he had slain the old man just a few hours before, the old man's body was revealed to be beneath the floorboards at the narrator's own admission and admits his crime because of the loud b...   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Tell Tale Heart]

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Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart

- In "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allen Poe, the setting, the plot, the characters and even the point of view are great contributing factors to the overall reaction of the readers of the narrative. The setting contributes to the reader's reaction in several different ways. All of the shutters in the house were closed, no one could see anything from the outside or the inside. This was important because no one ever knew what went on in the house except the old man with the pale blue eye with a film over it and the murderer....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe, Tell Tale Heart]

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The Pardoner’s Tale of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales - The Pardoner’s Tale  One might assume that the person telling the story has a lot to do with the story they're telling.  This is the case in the Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." In the tale of "The Pardoner's", the voice tells a tale dealing with his famous preach; "Radix malorum est Cupiditas."  In English, "The root of all evil is Greed." An ironic distinction can be made with what a "Pardoner" is known to be, the character (the voice/Pardoner), and the tale that he tells....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale and Prologue to the Squire's Tale: The Host laments the Merchant's tale, praying that he would never find such a terrible wife. The Host admits that he also has a wife that he laments marrying. He advises the Squire to tell a tale next. The Squire's Tale is not complete, ending after only six hundred lines. The Squire's Tale: The Squire tells the tale of Cambyuskan, the king of Sarai in Tartary. With his wife Elpheta he had two sons, Algarsyf and Cambalo, and a daughter Canacee....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Squire's Tale Essays]

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Handmaids Tale Vs. Fire Dwelle

- In the two books Margaret Atwood&#8217;s The Handmaid&#8217;s Tale, and Margaret Laurence&#8217;s The Fire Dweller&#8217;s, the protagonists are very different in character. However, both of these women lost their identity due to an outside influence. In each of the books we see the nature of the lost identity, the circumstances which led to this lost identity and the consequences which occurred as a result of this lost identity. In the book The Handmaid&#8217;s Tale by Margaret Atwood our main character (Offred) has had her whole world stolen away by the government of Gilead....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Summary and Analysis of The Prioress' Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Prioress' Tale (The Canterbury Tales) The Prioress' Tale: The Prioress tells a tale set in an Asian town dominated by the Jewry in which usury and other things hateful to Christ occurred. The Christian minority in the town opened a school for their children in this city. Among these children was a widow's son, an angelic seven year old who was, even at his young age, deeply devoted to his faith. At school he learned a song in Latin, the Alma redemptoris, and asked the meaning of it....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Prioress' Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Friar's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Friar's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Friar's Tale: The Friar commends the Wife of Bath for her tale, and then says that he will tell a tale about a summoner. He does not wish to offend the Summoner who travels with them, but insists that summoners are known for lewd behavior. The Summoner does not take offense, but does indicate that he will repay the Friar in turn. The job of the Summoner to which the Friar objects is to issue summons from the church against sinners who, under penalty of excommunication, pay indulgences for their sins to the church, a sum which the summoner often pockets....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales The Friar's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Summoner's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Summoner's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Summoner's Tale: The Summoner was enraged by the tale that the Friar told. He claims in response to the Friar that friars and fiends are one and the same. He tells that a friar once was brought to hell by an angel and remarked that he saw no friars there. However, Satan lifted his tail and thousands of friars came out from his ass and swarmed around hell. Analysis The Summoner becomes insane with anger upon hearing the Friar's Tale, which, although it was told with great vitriol against summoners, had a measured manner and refrained from personal attacks....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Summoner's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Reeve's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Reeve's Tale Prologue to the Reeve's Tale: The reactions of the crowd to the Miller's Tale were mixed, although many laughed. Only Oswald, the elderly Reeve was offended. He claims that with age the qualities of boasting, lying, anger and covetousness fade away. He vows to repay the Miller's Tale. Analysis The prologue to the Reeve's Tale continues the pattern established with the prologue to the Miller's Tale. Just as the Miller told his tale as a reaction to the Knight's tale, the Reeve vows to tell a tale as a reaction to what the Miller has told, offended by his satiric description of aged carpenter in comparison to the younger characters of the Miller's Ta...   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Reeve's Tale Essays]

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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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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Modern and Mediaeval Merchant's Tale

- The Modern and Mediaeval Merchant's Tale   "The Merchant's Prologue and Tale" is mainly concerned with the infidelity of May while she is married to Januarie. Infidelity is undoubtedly a popular topic for discussion in modern times and is often the subject of magazine or television stories. Despite the concern with marriage and the status of men and women within such a relationship keeping the story applicable to the audience even more than 600 years later, there are many elements of the Prologue and Tale which root them in a mediaeval context....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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Summary and Analysis of The Parson's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Parson's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Parson's Tale: When the Manciple's Tale was done, it was then four o'clock. The Host claimed that only one tale remained. The Parson, however, refused to tell a foolish story, for Paul advised against telling false stories. He says that he will tell a virtuous tale in prose. The Parson's Tale: There have been many spiritual ways that have led people to Jesus Christ and to the reign of glory. The most prominent of these ways is Penitence....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Parson's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Pardoner's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Pardoner's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Pardoner's Tale: The Host thinks that the cause of Virginia's death in the previous tale was her beauty. To counter the sadness of the tale, the Host suggests that the Pardoner tell a lighter tale. The Pardoner delays, for he wants to finish his meal, but says that he shall tell a moral tale. He says that he will tell a tale with this moral: the love of money is the root of all evil. He claims that during his sermons he shows useless trifles that he passes off as saints' relics....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Pardoner's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Physician's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Physician's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) The Physician's Tale: As Titus Livius tells us, there was once a knight called Virginius who had many friends, much wealth, and a loving wife and daughter. The daughter possessed a beauty so great that even Pygmalion could not create her equal. She was also humble in speech and avoided events in which her virtue could be compromised. There was a judge, Appius who governed the town who saw the knight's daughter, and lusted after her....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Physician's Tale Essays]

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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Sin in The Pardoner's Tale

- Importance of Sin in The Pardoner's Tale There are seven deadly sins that, once committed, diminish the prospect of eternal life and happiness in heaven. They are referred to as deadly because each sin is closely linked to another, leading to other greater sins. The seven deadly sins are pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice, and lechery. Geoffrey Chaucer's masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, provided an excellent story about the deadly sins. Focusing mainly on the sins of pride, gluttony and greed, the characters found in The Canterbury Tales, particularly The Pardoner's Tale, were so overwhelmed by their earthly desires and ambitions that they failed to see the effe...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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Summary and Analysis of The Monk's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Monk's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Monk's Tale: When the tale of Melibee ended, the Host said that he'd give up a barrel of ale to have his wife hear the tale of Prudence and her patience, for she is an ill-tempered woman. The Host asks the narrator his name, and attempts to guess his profession ­ perhaps a sexton or other such officer, or a wily governor. The Monk will tell the next tale, a series of tragedies. Analysis Chaucer uses the prologue to the Monk's Tale as one more opportunity for satiric, self-referential comedy....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Monk's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Manciple's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Manciple's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Manciple's Tale: The Host asks the Cook to tell the next tale, but the Cook is drunk and incoherent. The Manciple agrees to tell a tale in his place and criticizes the Cook for his boorish behavior. The drunken Cook, angry at the Manciple, attempts to get on his horse, but is too unsteady and falls off. He then tries to fight the Manciple, but fails. The Host warns the Manciple that he is foolish to so openly criticize the Cook, for he will eventually get his revenge....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Manciple's Tale Essays]

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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Power of the Pardoner's Tale

- The Power of the Pardoner's Tale       Geoffrey Chaucer was a author of the 12th century.  Chaucer is known as the father of English poetry.  He wrote Canterbury Tales which is a collection of narrative short stories written in verse.  "The Pardoners Tale" is among the more popular of these varied tales.  It is told by a pardoner who uses the story to preach against those who are blastfamous and gluttonous.  In an odd twist, after he tells the story he trys to sell others counterfiet relics.  In this short story about greed, disrespect and death Chaucer utilizes three important literary tools personification, irony, and symbolism....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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Summary and Analysis of The Merchant's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Merchant's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Merchant's Tale: The merchant claims that he knows nothing of long-suffering wives. Rather, if his wife were to marry the devil, she would overmatch even him. The Merchant claims that there is a great difference between Griselde's exceptional obedience and his wife's more common cruelty. The Merchant has been married two months and has loathed every minute of it. The Host asks the Merchant to tell a tale of his horrid wife....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Franklin's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Franklin's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Franklin's Tale: The Franklin praises the Squire for his eloquence, considering his youth. He tells the Squire that he has no peer among the company and that he wishes that his own son were as commendable as the Squire. The Host suggests that the Franklin tell the next tale. The Franklin begins by apologizing in advance for his rough speech and lack of education. The Franklin's Tale: The Franklin's Tale begins with the courtship of the Breton knight Arviragus and Dorigen, who come to be married happily....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Franklin's Tale Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Franklin's Tale as Social Romance

- The Franklin's Tale as Social Romance The style in the opening description of Dorigen and Arveragus (729-60) contains a lot of abstract language. It is full of words such as 'worthyness' and 'obeysaunce' which result in a type of characterisation which is itself abstract and idealised. Many of the sentences are neatly balanced and produce a sense of formality. All these abstract and formal features are essential in creating the idealised world of court romance: 'But atte laste she, for his worthyness, And namely for his meke obeysaunce,' (738-9) If one looks at the actual marriage agreement between Dorigen and Averagus it is not only built round the term 'gentil...   [tags: Franklin's Tale]

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Summary and Analysis of The Clerk's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Clerk's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Clerk's Tale: The Host remarks that the Clerk of Oxford sits quietly, and tells him to be more cheerful. The Host asks the Clerk to tell a merry tale of adventure and not a moralistic sermon. The Clerk agrees to tell a story that he learned from a clerk at Padua, Francis Petrarch. He then praises the renowned Petrarch for his sweet rhetoric and poetry. The Clerk does warn that Petrarch, before his tale, wrote a poem in a high style exalting the Italian landscape....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Clerk's Tale Essays]

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Importance of the Eunuchs in Elizabeth Inchbald’s The Mogul Tale

- Importance of the Eunuchs in Elizabeth Inchbald’s The Mogul Tale The eunuch is an integral part of the 18th century play The Mogul Tale, by Elizabeth Inchbald. He serves a historical role by being the Mogul’s advisor, watchman, and, most importantly, harem guard. Eunuchs are generally defined as castrated males and are thus excellent choices to guard the Mogul’s women – no fear of the guard taking the ladies for himself. Inchbald reinforces these noble positions by showing the eunuch as the Mogul’s “right-hand man”....   [tags: Mogul Tale]

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The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike

- The Way of The Warrior in The Tale of The Heike Heike Monogatari, with its multitude of battles and skirmishes, provides a wonderful chance to analyze the way of the warrior in ancient Japan. There aren't a great number of surviving works from this period that show in such great detail both the brute and the compassion of the Japanese warriors. They followed carefully a distinct set of principles which made up the well-rounded warrior. Loyalty to one's master, bravery and glory in any situation, strength, martial skills, compassion, and interest in the arts were all held with the highest esteem....   [tags: Japanese Warriors Tale Heike Essays]

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Unrequited Love: A Tale of Two Cities, and Cyrano de Bergerac

- The phrase “you win some, you lose some” can pertain true to many different situations including love. In the novels, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, the respective characters Sydney Carton and Cyrano de Bergerac experience a loss. This loss comes in a form of unrequited love, where they are both unable to be loved by the one they recognize as their true loves. Due to their experiences with unrequited love, both Sydney Carton and Cyrano are led to the discovery of their own inner strengths as well as self-sacrifice....   [tags: a tale of two cities, charles dickens]

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Canterbury Tales - Criticism of the Church in the Summoner’s Tale and the Prioress’s Tale

- Criticism of the Catholic Church in the Summoner’s Tale and the Prioress’s Tale Many pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales held a religious position. Some of these people’s personal ideas have caused debates and criticism over Chaucer’s opinion of the Catholic Church. Critics have discussed the ideas that were presented both subtly and openly. Two of the pilgrims and their tales will be discussed: the Prioress and the Pardoner. Both of these tales offer points of criticism in the Catholic Church....   [tags: Summoner’s Tale Essays]

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A Tale of Two Cities Essays: A Sad Tale Of Two Cities

- A Tale Of Two Cities The focus of A Tale Of Two Cities concerns the impetus and fervor of 18th century European socio-political turmoil, its consequences, and what Dickens presents as the appropriate response of an enlightened aristocracy and just citizenry. The tale opens with Dr. Manettte having spent the last 18 years of his life in the Bastille - innocent of all crimes save his disdain for the base actions of a French Marquis. The heinous nature of his confinement induced a madness remedied only by the devoted love of his Lucie....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Tell-Tale Heart: An Analysis

- The Tell-Tale Heart: An Analysis      In Edgar Allan Poe’s short-story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the storyteller tries to convince the reader that he is not mad. At the very beginning of the story, he asks, "...why will you say I am mad?" When the storyteller tells his story, it's obvious why. He attempts to tell his story in a calm manner, but occasionally jumps into a frenzied rant. Poe's story demonstrates an inner conflict; the state of madness and emotional break-down that the subconscious can inflict upon one's self....   [tags: Analysis Tell Tale Essays Papers]

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Laurel Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale

- Laurel Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale      Before I watched 'A Midwife's Tale', a movie created from the diary found by Laurel Ulrich chronicling the life of a woman named Martha Ballard, I thought the women in these times were just housewives and nothing else. I pictured them doing the cleaning and the cooking for their husbands and not being very smart because of the lack of education or them being unable to work. My view on the subject changed however when I watched this specific woman's life and her work....   [tags: Laurel Ulrich Midwife Tale Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the playwright introduces his audience to a world blending natural imagery with that of ancient religion. Appearing as nature’s child, Perdita fails to realize her own identity and does not recognize that the flowers she describes mimic her own image. Just as gillyvors are a result of crossbreeding, the shepherdess is essentially one of nature’s bastards since she eventually discovers Porrus has been an adoptive father for her, and Leontes is her biological father....   [tags: William Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in A Tale of Two Cities

- Stereotypes in A Tale of Two Cities        Charles Dickens stereotypes many of his Characters in A Tale of Two Cities. Among these stereotyped characters are The Marquis D' Evremond, Lucy, and Miss Pross. These particular stereotypes were probably intentional, for Dicken's was not a skilled writer.            The Marquis d' Evremond was probably intentionally stereotyped. His character is basically used to represent the French Military of the time, so he was as cruel, ignorant, and pompous as the French citizens were at that time....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Symbolism and Irony in The Tell-Tale Heart

- Symbolism  and Irony in The Tell-Tale Heart In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," the author combines vivid symbolism with subtle irony. Although the story runs only four pages, within those few pages many examples of symbolism and irony abound. In short, the symbolism and irony lead to an enormously improved story as compared to a story with the same plot but with these two elements missing. "The Tell-Tale Heart" consists of a monologue in which the murderer of an old man protests his insanity rather than his guilt: "You fancy me mad....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]

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Use of Irony in A Tale of Two Cities

- Use of Irony in A Tale of Two Cities In A Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles Dickens, uses a great deal of irony in the opening chapter to draw the reader into the story. By using a slew of contradictory statements in the opening paragraph, the author forces the reader to further investigate the meaning of the cryptic opening line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." As the reader continues, he finds that the story is a dramatization of the circumstances surrounding London and Paris during the time period of the French Revolution....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

- The Knight's Tale As the Knight begins his tale, which he embarks upon without preamble, we are instantly reminded of the stateliness of the Knight, his overwhelming human dignity and moral world view, which Chaucer described in the general prologue. The Knight is the epitome of a man of the first estate - noble and humble, courageous and gentle, a warrior and a saint. As befits his elevated class, he speaks with elegance and seriousness about the important attitudes and values that any human - and a privileged human in particular - should cherish....   [tags: Chaucer Knight's Tale Essays]

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Effective Use of Menace in The Merchant's Tale

- Effective Use of Menace in The Merchant's Tale Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Merchant's Tale" uses menace to reinforce many of the themes within the Tale and it is present in more areas than simply Januarie. There is menacing imagery adding tension to the Tale and the way in which the Tale is written often reiterates that. Menaces comes through more than plain threat, it is evident in such ideas as Januarie's inappropriate search for a wife. The way in which Januarie bases his search for a wife on concern for his own salvation and economic interests is menacing as it is a foreboding image for the rest of the marriage....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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The Importance of Landscape in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains

- The Importance of Landscape in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains In his article, Philippon begins by discussing the importance that the landscape plays in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains." First, he quotes William Carlos Williams as saying that Poe was "intimately shaped by his locality and time," although he tends to focus on the "soul" of his surroundings, rather than the physical aspects. Philippon then goes on to say that he believes that Poe does, in fact, use the physical landscape in this particular story in order to highlight the differences between the make-believe environment of the Indian landscape of the story and that of the Ragged Mountains....   [tags: A Tale of the Ragged Mountains]

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Reversal of Characters in A Tale of Two Cities

- Reversal of Characters in A Tale of Two Cities When writing a book, authors often focus on a central issue or theme. However, other themes develop through the course of the piece, either consciously or subconsciously. One such theme is a reversal of characters in A Tale of Two Cities. Individuals and groups of people change dramatically from the outset of the book all the way up to its conclusion. Three of the most obvious changes in character are Sydney Carton, Madame DeFarge, and the French people as a whole....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Forces of Nature in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale       "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated by the character's relationship with Nature or her representatives....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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Vision, Truth, and Genre in the Merchant's Tale

- Vision, Truth, and Genre in the Merchant's Tale     In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which gives them greater powers of perception but also causes their expulsion from Paradise. The story creates a link between clear vision and the ability to perceive the truth‹which, in this case, causes mankind to fall from a state of blissful ignorance to one of miserable knowledge. In the Merchant's Tale, vision and truth do not enjoy such an easy relationship....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

- In his prologue, Chaucer introduces all of the characters who are involved in this fictional journey and who will tell the tales. One of the most interesting of the characters introduced is the Knight. Chaucer refers to the Knight as “a most distinguished man” and, indeed, his sketch of the Knight is highly complimentary. Another Knight seen in the “Canterbury Tales” is the rapist knight in the Wife of Bath’s Tale, who is not a very noble knight and doesn’t follow a chivalric code. This knight seems more realistic as opposed to the stereotypical ideal knight that Chaucer describes in the Prologue....   [tags: Chaucer Knight's Tale Essays]

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The Importance of Time in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- The Importance of Time in The Winter's Tale   Leon. No foot shall stir. Paul. Music, awake her; strike. [Music] Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come. I'll fill your grave up: stir, nay, come away: Bequeath to death your numbness; for from him Dear life redeems you. You perceive she stirs: --The Winter's Tale (V.iii.98-103)   Unlike most of Shakespeare's earlier plays, The Winter's Tale moves from tragedy to comedy. The disastrous consequences of Leontes' jealousy and tyranny are resolved by the passing of time....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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The Lover's Tale

- The Lover's Tale Whan that the goode Wif of Bathe hadde hir tale ytold, with ful light herte thought she, “Whan that I go again from Canterbury, Sekirly shalle I have a soper at the cost of alle.” Anoon a yonge lovere saide in parfit Englisch, “Lordings, now leten me tell the tale of most solas and best sentence.” The young lover paused for a moment: “Surely the tale would be much more enjoyable if we stop with all the Middle English.” The pilgrims nodded in agreement, wondering why they had not decided upon this earlier, and the lover continued, “Now, permit me to tell the most pleasant and meaningful tale.” “In the days of old, during the ti...   [tags: The Lover's Tale Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]

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A Change of Fate in A Tale of Two Cities

- A Change of Fate in A Tale of Two Cities       Authors may use one character to instantaneously change the fate of another character. Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities presents such situations through the characters Lucie Manette, Dr. Manette and Charles Darnay. Lucie, unaware of the existence of her supposedly dead father, Dr. Manette, suddenly discovers through Jarvis Lorry that her father still lives. Lucie learns of the optimistic plans to return her beloved father back to a healthy condition and her future involvement in her father's life....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Search for Truth in A Tale of Two Cities

- The Search for Truth in A Tale of Two Cities           "Since before the ancient Greeks, mankind has striven to discern and define truth, a noble if somewhat arduous task"( Swisher 118). Even modern society, despite losing so many of the old, "prudish" morals of preceding generations, still holds truth as one of the greatest virtues and to find truth in life, one of the greatest accomplishments. Authors such as Charles Dickens reflect this great desire to seek and find truth, using many varying mediums to express their opinions or discoveries....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Powerful Women of A Tale of Two Cities

- The Powerful Women of A Tale of Two Cities        Strong women dominate some of the lead roles in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, and Madame Defarge are all examples of strong women.  Some of these women are physically strong, and some are strong at heart.  Some use their strength to help others, and some use their strength to get revenge.  In the end, the women who used their strength for good were always victorious.       Lucie Manette is a beautiful young woman with golden hair and blue eyes.  She is very kind, compassionate, and sensitive to others.  Lucie has many qualities that reveal her strength.  When she sees her father for the fi...   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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The Rich Diversity of Meanings of the Pardoner's Tale

- The Rich Diversity of Meanings of the Pardoner's Tale Chaucer’s innovation in the Pardoner’s performance tests our concept of dramatic irony by suggesting information regarding the Pardoner’s sexuality, gender identity, and spirituality, major categories in the politics of identity, without confirming that information. Our presumed understanding of the Pardoner as a character lacks substantiation. As we learn about the Pardoner through the narrator’s eyes and ears, we look to fit the "noble ecclesiaste" (l....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale Essays]

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The Evil Eye in The Tell-Tale Heart

- The Evil Eye in The Tell-Tale Heart        In Edgar Allen Poe's Short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" much is made of the "evil eye" of the old man. Immediately we are introduced to a man who would never hurt a fly. The narrator of the story even goes so far as to say he loved the old man. This old man is portrayed as one who would do anything for you. However, the caretaker of the old man has one small problem with the old man. The eye that darn evil eye. What could cause a person to become enraged by an eye and only one eye....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]

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Romance and Tragedy in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- Romance and Tragedy in The Winter's Tale      In The Winter's Tale, the line between romance and tragedy runs thin and almost blends together. The romantic ending would not be possible without the tragic beginning. For example, how could the romance between Leontes and Hermione take place in the end without the almost tragic mistake that Leontes makes in the first three acts of the play. Specific characters are responsible for the way the play turns out, with or without the help of the Fates....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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A Tale of Two Cities Essays: Irony

- Irony in A Tale of Two Cities Someone once said "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This is a compelling message upon which many writers have built their literature. One effective work which employs this theme is A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. This novel is set in Paris and London during the late eighteenth century. During this period, France was engaged in a revolution in which the otherwise common man rose up against the country's aristocracy. In its outset, the novel reveals the motives behind the plebeians' actions....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Free Essays - Tale of Two Cities

- Tale of Two Cities The main purpose of this book is to show the contrasts between the peaceful city of London and the city of Paris, tearing itself apart in revolution. This is apparent in the very first line of the book, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." This is a contrast of the two cities, London, the tranquil home of Mr. Lorry and the Darnays'; and Paris, the center of a bloody revolution. The author shows gentleness in these violent times in the persons of Dr....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Knight's Tale

- Chaucer's Knight's Tale: Now you See it, Now you Don't          In the Matthean discourse on sin and the kingdom of heaven, Jesus says, "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire." (Matt.19.9). Yet this homily is perhaps better known through the compressed poetry of the King James translation. "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out." Grahically and even grotesquely materialized, the "eye" is that which offends, that which slides, with terrible corporeality, from the body to the table....   [tags: Chaucer Knight's Tale Essays]

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Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Canon's Yeoman's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Canon's Yeoman's Tale: When the story of Saint Cecilia was finished and the company continued on their journey, they came across two men. One of them was clad all in black and had been traveling quickly on their horses; the narrator believes that he must be a canon (an alchemist). The Canon's Yeoman said that they wished to join the company on their journey, for they had heard of their tales. The Host asked if the Canon could tell a tale, and the Yeoman answers that the Canon knows tales of mirth and jollity, and is a man whom anybody would be honored to know....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Canon's Yeoman's Tale 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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Essay on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Evil Exposed in The Pardoner's Tale

- The Root of Evil Exposed in The Pardoner's Tale   "The root of all evil is money."  Because this phrase has been repeated so many times throughout history, one can fail to realize the truth in this timeless statement.  Whether applied to the corrupt clergy of Geoffrey Chaucer's time, selling indulgences, or the corrupt televangelists of today, auctioning off salvation to those who can afford it, this truth never seems to lose its validity.  In Chaucer's famous work The Canterbury Tales, he points out many inherent flaws of human nature, all of which still apply today.  Many things have changed since the fourteenth century, but humanity's ability to act foolish is not...   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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Essay on Verbal and Situational Irony in The Pardoner’s Tale of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- The Pardoner’s Tale: Use of Verbal and Situational Irony In “The Pardoner’s Tale,” Geoffrey Chaucer masterfully frames an informal homily. Through the use of verbal and situational irony, Chaucer is able to accentuate the moral characteristics of the Pardoner. The essence of the story is exemplified by the blatant discrepancy between the character of the storyteller and the message of his story. By analyzing this contrast, the reader can place himself in the mind of the Pardoner in order to account for his psychology....   [tags: Pardoner's Tale]

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Finding the Truth in Gretchen Moran Laskas’s The Midwife’s Tale

- Finding the Truth in Gretchen Moran Laskas’s The Midwife’s Tale The prologue to Gretchen Moran Laskas’s novel, The Midwife’s Tale, begins with her narrator protagonist, Elizabeth, telling readers, “Mama always said that most of being a good midwife was in knowing the family history. Not just the birthing story of any given woman--although that was a good thing to keep in mind--but the whole history.” Assuming the “whole history” is a thing possible to know in the first place, a dubious aim in itself, Moran Laskas’s novel ends up reading as a sort of family history: at times exultant, heartbreaking, occasionally comic, and more than once bone-chillingly grim....   [tags: Midwifes Tale]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Marriage as Portrayed in Merchant's Prologue and Tale

- Marriage as Portrayed in The Merchants Prologue and Tale   The story of Januarie's marriage to May and her subsequent infidelity with Damyan allows for not only Chaucer's view of marriage to come through, but also includes the opinions of contemporary writers. Chaucer allows his views to be made known as the narrator and his views could also be said to infiltrate the speeches of the Merchant. Justinus and Placebo's views are also accounted for as the fictional characters also air their opinions on the institution of marriage....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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