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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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Wife of Bath Vs The Prioress

- Canterbury Tales is a story about a group of thirty people, including the Host, that are traveling to the shrine of the martyr St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. The diverse group is a concoction of contradicting personalities that are intricately described by Chaucer. Among these twenty-nine excursionists are two women. One of them is the coquettish Prioress while the other one is the partially deaf Wife at Bath. Although both women possess discernable similarities, both possess divergent personalities and experiences....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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The Wife Of Bath And The Prioress 's Tale

- Geoffrey Chaucer portrays women in The Canterbury Tales as empowered, dominant characters who strive for sovereignty over their husbands. Particularly in The Wife of Bath’s Tale, and The Prioress’s Tale, Chaucer provides female characters who desire authority and seem to be self-entitled. After reading The Canterbury Tales, it becomes obvious that women not only desire a man, but are also longing for control over the elements present in their life. The women typically enjoy the feeling of love that marriage provides for them, but relish the control and power that comes along with it....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue]

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Chaucer’s The Prioress

- The Medieval period of The Canterbury Tales is held on April 11, 1387. The writing style of tales are literary skilled. “There is clear evidence in them that Chaucer was familiar with a considerable number of the great book of his time, and it is fairly well established that his writings show a steady increase in his literary skill” (Chaucer xxxvii). Chaucer is a writer of surprise. His stories not only come from plots of other writers but also from his lifetime. “There is of course no explaining where or how Chaucer acquired his ability as a great storyteller....   [tags: Medevil Literature]

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The Prioress Tale

- The Prioress’ Tale Prologue Prioress, now it is your time, Speak up loud, be not a mime. “Fine then, I’ll tell you a tale from my mother, ‘Twill be unique, unlike any other. My story will teach you change isn’t good, Understand it you will, make you better it should.” The Tale Across the town and down the street People stopped to sample his delicious treat Sweet, thick and full of custardy goodness There was a man, not Elliot Ness Who fulfilled the Bronx’s pudding needs. A fat man, he was, pudding was his seed To plant on the earth to grow....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Prioress of The Canterbury Tales

- The Prioress of The Canterbury Tales In the poem, by Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer depicts the people of the church and describes them as people who are not the sole embodiment of people who have sworn themselves to God, and to live by the four vows that the church requires them to commit themselves to. The Prioress, a Nun, is no exception, but Chaucer does not directly say how she represents the four vows but rather it is what he does not say that leads people to believe the Prioress is the exact opposite of what is expected of a nun that has committed herself to the four vows....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Canterbury Tales Essay: The Character of the Prioress

- The Character of the Prioress in The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer writes a prologue in which characters are given at face value. Then, he writes tales that are spoken by these characters. Perhaps Chaucer is commenting that people should not judge others by their outward appearance because the differences in the outward character of Chaucer’s travelers are often greatly different than the personality that is shown through their tales. The Prioress is one character that appears differently than her tale reveals....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Nun Prioress of the General Prologue

- The Canterbury Tales  - The Nun Prioress In the reading "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, there is a detailed description about the nun Prioress in the "General Prologue". Chaucer uses physical and spiritual relationships to show the characteristics of a person. When we see the nun in relationship to other characters, for example the Knight, Chaucer makes the reader see two types of people. On one hand, the nun who gives much importance to minor things. On the other hand, the Knight who gives much importance to things that really matter....   [tags: General Prologue Essays]

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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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Corruption and Hypocrisy in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

- In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the prioress’s behavior can be interpreted as being part of the change occurring within religious institutions, which were changing to allow for freedom of thought and individual choice, as the nun does when she takes the liberty of customizing her fine garb by wearing it with beads and a gold brooch. The nun is one of the first characters to be given a name and as such is identified as being an individual, and not just seen as being a nun. The nun’s deviation from expected behavior and norms can thus be seen as a positive trait which Chaucer praises as women became more independent and redefined their own roles in society....   [tags: prioress´s behavior, change, religious institution]

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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

- The Canterbury Tales is a set of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the fourteenth century. The stories were told by a group of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury Cathedral, in hopes to see a shrine of Saint Thomas Becket. To make time go by the host recommended each pilgrim tell a tale. The tale that each character gives, reveals that person’s background and life. Some pilgrims matched their stereotype of that time but most do not. The Prioress, Madame Eglentyne, and Wife of Bath, Allison, are two characters that do not fit their stereotype of the Middle Ages....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Chaucer's Use of Satire towards the Corruptness of the Medieval Church

- The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is a masterpiece of satire due to the frequent use of verbal irony and insults towards the characters and their roles in society. A major source of Irony is Chaucer’s representation of the Church. He uses the Prioress, the Monk and the Friar, who are all supposed to be holy virtuous people to represent the Church. In his writing he suggests that they are actually corrupt, break their vows and in no way model the “holiness” of Christianity. In the middle ages Friars, Monks and Prioresses had very specific roles in society....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales ]

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Chaucer and the Catholic Church

- By the late 14th century, the Catholic Church was the main influential power in Europe. As the clergy’s influence increased, the continent’s wealth began to decline. Amidst a century of poverty, plague, and unemployment, criticism of the church arose. The people deemed the clergy hypocritical for preaching against greed, but yet keeping all of the wealth to themselves. Cathedrals were built as shrines, embellished in gold and rich jewels; meanwhile the people of Europe were slowly dying from scarcity of essential resources....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, satire and criticism]

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Canterbury Tales - Downfall of the Church in Chaucer’s General Prologue

- Canterbury Tales - Downfall of the Church in Chaucer’s General Prologue Light-hearted yet bitingly satirical, Chaucer’s “General Prologue” to his Canterbury Tales is a commentary on the corruptions of the Church at the time. Chaucer, being of noble estate, retains his witticism in his narrator. The narrator devotes many a line to the vivid portrayals of the Prioress and the Frere. Through the actions of these two members of the clergy, it is seen that the lust for material goods, the need for flaunting one’s estate, and the development of hypocrisy all contribute to the shaking of the Church’s foundations....   [tags: Canterbury Tales]

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Jest and Earnest in Chaucer's Work

- Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London around 1342, though the details are vague at best, and lived until 1400. Little is known of his early education, but his works show that he could read French, Latin, and Italian, and as such was clearly very well educated, and it is also known that he spent much of his life close to the centres of English power because the first reports of Chaucer come from 1357 as a page in the household of Prince Lionel before he went to serve for Edward III in France, where he was captured and ransomed....   [tags: European Literature]

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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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The Evil Rooted In Women

- Chaucer, in his female pilgrimage thought of women as having an evil-like quality, that they always tempt and take from men. They were depicted of untrustworthy, selfish and vain. Through the faults of both men and women, Chaucer showed what is right and wrong and how one should live. Under the surface, however, lies a jaded look of women and how they cause for the downfall of men. (chuckiii, 4) Chaucer obviously had very opinionated views of the manners and behaviors of women and expressed it strongly in The Canterbury Tales....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Garmentology in the Canterbury Tales

- The narrator of "The Canterbury Tales", by Geoffrey Chaucer spends a good amount of the General Prologue discussing the dress of the people upon the pilgrimage to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket. One can learn a lot about a person by what they wear. By describing and discussing the pilgrims clothing, the reader can base their portraits on objective facts as well as the narrators own opinions. The "Garmentology" of the Knight, the Squire, the Yeoman, the Prioress, the Monk, and the Wife of Bath will be discussed....   [tags: European Literature]

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Naughty Characters in The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

- The moral compass of mankind has always piqued the interest of authors. The Middle Ages was a time of immoral behavior, corrupt religious officials, and disregard of marital vows. Geoffrey Chaucer used The Canterbury Tales to explore his personal views of this dark time. In particular, he crafted “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” “The Prioress’s Tale,” and “The Shipman’s Tale” to portray the tainted society, using women in all of them to bring forth his views. In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer depicts women as immodest and conniving beings to suggest the moral corruption of the Middle Ages....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales The Knight, Squire, Prioress, The Monk and the Friar are defined by their settings in Geoffrey Chaucer’s "Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales. 1. Portnoy says in his article in the Chaucer Review that "The General Prologue is like a mirror reflecting the individuals appearance which then defines the character of that person."(281) 2. Scanlon backs up Portnoy in his article from Speculum by saying "…Characters descriptions somehow emerge inevitably from the original intentions of Chaucer’s text or reflect its lasting value." (128) 3....   [tags: Chaucer Geoffrey Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Chaucer's Women From Eve to Mary

- Chaucer's Women From Eve to Mary The Middle Ages was an interesting time to be a woman. For centuries the church generally disapproved of, with equal measure, women and sex. Women were not even thought of as human beings, and were seen as necessary only in what they could do for their men. When the men left for the Crusades women were given a larger role in the upkeep of their husbands’ houses and estates, and assumed a more public role in the community. This gave the women a greater feeling of independence, which they did not relinquish entirely when the men returned....   [tags: Middle Ages Women Sex Essays]

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Women in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- The only two women most significant and described in great detail in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer who provide the greatest insight into contemporary medieval society are the Wife of Bath and the Prioress. These two women appear similar in the General Prologue of the poem but, as we see through their tales, they are quite unique women and most importantly very different from one another. By examining both the Wife of Bath and the Prioress's tales, we are able to see the stark contrast between their social standards and behavior....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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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 Significance of Clothing in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue

- Throughout The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue, Chaucer’s use of the characters’ clothing, to symbolize what lies beneath the surface of each personality is significant. Chaucer strongly uses the Knight, the Squire and the Prioress’s clothing to symbolize how their personalities are reflected through The Canterbury Tales. The Knight’s true character is portrayed through his modest apparel. His character is displayed by the way he chooses to show himself in public, which is a noble knight, that is why he wears dirty clothes and chooses to come on the pilgrimage straight from battle....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales]

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The General Prologue Of The Canterbury Tales

- Response to Question #2 In the “General Prologue” of The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer indirectly denounces the church describing that they are corrupt, greedy, hypocritical, and selective. The people that have some sort of relation to the church are The Prioress, The Nun, The Priest, The Friar, The Monk, The Parson, The Summoner and The Pardoner. The “General Prologue describes each of the pilgrims and their general traits. Some characters are described more than others because of the fact that Chaucer likes people who are affluent, beautiful and noble....   [tags: Monk, The Canterbury Tales, Religion, Faith]

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Learning About Medieval Life and Society from Chaucer's General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales

- Learning About Medieval Life and Society from Chaucer's General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales I have been studying Geoffrey Chaucer's General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, of which I looked specifically at six portraits, these being: the Knight, his son, a young squire, the prioress, the wife of Bath, the Miller and the Pardoner. From these portraits I was able to observe the ways of life and society in medieval times. I found out about social status, fashion, wealth, romantic love, the importance of manners and the church during this era - and these are just the topics I took particular interest in; there were many other areas of medieval life and society...   [tags: Papers]

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Chaucer and Religion

- Chaucer and Religion It is very rare that a book is written without the opinions of the author being clearly expressed somewhere within that book. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is one such book. In the General Prologue alone, by viewing Chaucer’s description of the Knight, the Prioress, and the Friar, the reader is able to pick up on Chaucer’s satirical humor toward the church of the 14th century. The first male traveler mentioned is the chivalrous Knight. It is interesting that Chaucer chooses to introduce The Knight as the first character....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Canterbury Tales versus The Decameron: Literary Kissing Cousins

- At the end of the thirteenth century and moving into the fourteenth, a cultural revolution was unfolding in Italy. This would sweep away the old medieval order and usher in a new age of creativity and enlightenment. This period, known as the Italian Renaissance, had started in the city of Florence and would soon spread to other regions of the Italian peninsula such as Venice and Rome. It was a rebirth of the Italian culture, brought on by a renewed interest in the classical cultures of ancient Rome and Greece....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Emerging Middle Class in Late Medieval England

- Written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the fourteenth century, The Canterbury Tales and more specifically it’s prologue, shed a great deal of light on the rising middle class in (fourteenth century) England. Despite the fact that some readers may not know a lot about the time period today, Chaucer’s writing in the prologue elaborates on topics such as occupations, wealth, education, and political power. Scholar Barbara Nolan writes of the prologue, “it is more complex than most…It raises expectations in just the areas the handbooks propose, promising to take up important matters of natural and social order, moral character, and religion and outlining the organization the work will follow”...   [tags: History, Chaucer, Socioeconomics]

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The Canterburry Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

- Chaucer lived in a time of great flux. His world was not only different from the world of his parents and grandparents; it was different from the one that he grew up in himself. The Black Plague had decimated the population and created voids in the labor force. The 100 Year’s War was ongoing and required countless men and resources to continue. Traditions, customs and rituals were questioned as society changed. The divisions within social strata were blurring and the organization of Europe was changing....   [tags: writer, church, crusades]

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The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

- Geoffrey Chaucer is, to this day, one of the most famous Middle-English writers. His view of corrupt societies and how things "may not always be as they seem" was incredibly accurate and has even carried over its accuracy into the modern era. His writings are highly controversial and bring out the faults in the most conservative aspects of society—especially when it comes to sexism and the church. In The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, he speaks about 31 people going on a pilgrimage. The entire selection is heavily weighted and based on one key thing, which is how it is structured....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Concept of Charity in the General Prologue

- The Concept of Charity in the General Prologue   In the "General Prologue," Chaucer presents an array of characters from the 1400's in order to paint portraits of human dishonesty and stupidity as well as virtue.  Out of these twenty-nine character portraits three of them are especially interesting because they deal with charity.  Charity during the 1400's, was a virtue of both religious and human traits.  One character, the Parson, exemplifies Chaucer's idea of charity, and two characters, Prioress, and Friar, to satirize the idea of charity and show that they are using charity for either devious reasons or out of convention or habit....   [tags: General Prologue Essays]

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Chaucers Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales is a great assortment of stories written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Each individual story is told by a pilgrim from the voyage to Canterbury. “The Prioress’ Tale” was a Miracle of the Virgin story, told by the Prioress. Another tale is “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” which is a Beast Fable. Then there is “The Pardoner’s Tale”, which is an Exemplum. The genres of The Canterbury Tales help shape the entire story. In “The Prioress’ Tale”, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, miraculously aids a follower in the time of need, which is also known as a Miracle of the Virgin tale....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Relationship between Sublime and Magical Realism Explored in The Monkey

- Relationship between Sublime and Magical Realism Explored in The Monkey      From the beginning of The Monkey, a short story located within Isak Dinesen's anthology Seven Gothic Tales, the reader is taken back to a “storytime” world he or she may remember from childhood. Dinesen's 1934 example of what has been identified as the "Gothic Sublime" sets the stage for analysis of its relationship to other types of literature. What constitutes Sublime literature. More importantly, how may sublime literature relate to Magical Realist literature....   [tags: Monkey Essays]

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The Wife of Bath from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- The Wife of Bath from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a collection of tales is presented during a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. The pilgrims on the journey are from divergent economic and social backgrounds but they have all amalgamated to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas. Chaucer uses each pilgrim to tell a tale which portrays an arduous medieval society. The values, morals and social structures of the society can be examined through the fictitious tales, unravelling a corrupt, unjust and manipulative world, a world that is based around an ecclesiastical society....   [tags: Papers]

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Chaucer and Corruption within the Catholic Church

- Chaucer and Corruption Within the Catholic Church The Catholic Church has long been a fixture in society. Throughout the ages, it has withstood wars and gone through many changes. It moved through a period of extreme popularity to a time when people regarded the Church with distrust and suspicion. The corrupt people within the church ruined the ideals Catholicism once stood for and the church lost much of its power. In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer primarily satirizes the corruptness of the clergy members to show how the Catholic Church was beginning its decline during the Middle Ages....   [tags: essays papers]

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An Analysis on Chaucer's Use of Satire to Reach his Intended Audience

- Chaucer the Joker (An analysis on Chaucer’s use of satire to reach his intended audience) As the great Jonathan Swift once said, “Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.” In Chaucer’s writing he uses satire to describe many different ideas. First Chaucer is trying to trick people, and trying to make them laugh. In the three sections, general prologue, the Pardoners tale, and the Wife of Bath Tales, all have specific examples of satire....   [tags: the Canterbury Tales]

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Fourteenth Century Society in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Nothing gives us a better idea of medieval life than Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Written in the late fourteenth century in the vernacular, it gives us an idea of the vast spectrum of people that made up the different classes within society. The poem describes the knightly class, the clergy, and those who worked for a living, thus describing the different classes as well. Chaucer gives us a cross-section of fourteenth century society by giving us the small details of people’s clothing, demeanor and professions; therefore giving us information on the lower and middle classes, not discussed in literature before....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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The Wife Of Bath 's A Hypocrite

- The Wife of Bath’s is a hypocrite with wisdom and advice that would be most helpful to her in her situation completely in control over her marriages and how they affected her. Even through her prologue she “hints at the erotic activity (Cox)” Which is strange, especially in a time when women only job was to keep their husbands happy and have children. So one must ask oneself how did Chaucer intend to portray the wife of Bath’s. Alisoun seems to defy any type of frame of a good woman during the 1300s....   [tags: Marriage, Husband, Wife, Woman]

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“The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”: An Analysis

- The “General Prologue” provides us with no evidence as to the character of the Nun’s Priest. Only in the prologue to his tale do we finally get a glimpse of who he might be, albeit rather obtusely. As Harry Bailey rather disparagingly remarks: “Telle us swich thyng as may oure hertes glade./Be blithe, though thou ryde upon a jade” (p.235, ll2811-2812). I say this cautiously because much criticism has surrounded the supposed character of the Nun’s Priest, his role in the tale, and his relationship to the Canterbury Tales as a whole....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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The Legend of Robin Hood

- The legend of Robin Hood is undoubtedly one of the most well-known tales of all time. Some historians claim that he is a purely mythical figure, while others point to indications that such a person may have existed. Real or not, the English story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men sets forth a captivating tale of a daring outlaw unrivalled in his archery capabilities. The nineteenth century witnessed a boom in the popularity of Robin Hood tales. The English action hero has even found a home at Hollywood and has become something of a movie star in several films, including one released very recently in 2010....   [tags: historians, king henry II]

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Chaucers Canterbury Tales

- Take any pilgrim whose tale we read and show Chaucer artfully matches the story to the teller. Of the many stories he writes the tale told by the Wife of Bath is the most verbal and for its time the most forthright exposition of the role women did not have but could have in that time period. The wife of Bath’s story is fairly general a man is accused of trying to rape a woman and the sentence for this charge is to be hung. The mean pleads and pleads to be acquitted of his charge so the queen of the time says he will not be hung if he finds the answer to a certain question....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Hypocritical Church

- In the medieval literary masterpiece The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, not only does Chaucer provide the reader with an entertaining story about a group of approximately thirty pilgrims who meet (by chance) at an inn, in a suburb of London, on a trip to see the shrine of St. Thomas á Becket in Canterbury cathedral, but he also divulges to the reader a remarkably horrid picture of an English Church run amok with corruption, greed and, more importantly, hypocrisy. Writing about pilgrims drawn from almost every rank of 14th century English society, The Canterbury Tales takes a look at medieval life from (what seems like) every angle and every class, displaying the actuali...   [tags: World Literature]

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Attitudes Towards Women in Fragment VII of Canterbury Tales

- Attitudes Towards Women in Fragment VII of Canterbury Tales One of the most prominent themes in Fragment VII of the Canterbury Tales is the attitudes of the pilgrims towards women. There are two distinct sides in the dispute: that women are simply objects of lust that must never be trusted, and that women are highly respectable and loving. The Shipman's Tale starts off this debate with his depiction of women, which was less than favorable. The woman who is depicted in this tale is the wife of a merchant....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Characters in the General Prologue to "The Canterbury Tales"

- The Canterbury Tales are essentially a Chaucerian satire; the author sets out to deliberately upset the social order present at the time and proceeds to mock the faults innate in the characters. Chaucer gives a compressed view of characters such as the Knight and the Monk; in their descriptions, a preview of the kind of stories we can expect from these people is given. Take for example the Miller; his physical description alleviates him as a thick brute with a filthy mouth that was `moost of sin and harlotries', sufficed to say that his tale is one of adultery and sinful behaviour....   [tags: European Literature]

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Analysis Of The General Prologue To The Canterbury Tales

- Religion has long since been an important factor in society, changing and evolving throughout the centuries. In medieval Europe, religious pilgrimages were a crucial part of ones religious faith. Often every one in society, from the highest of class to the lowest order was involved in this practice. Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the most important writers in English literature, was the author of The Canterbury Tales, an elaborate poem about the religious pilgrimage of twenty nine people to Canterbury....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Chivalry in Chaucers Canterbury Tales

- Chivalry in Chaucers Canterbury Tales In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as curteisye through satire. In the fourteenth century curteisye embodied sophistication and an education in French international culture. The legends of chilvalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, and he reveled in his cultural status, but he also retained an anecdotal humor about curteisye....   [tags: essays papers]

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Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

- Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer comments on moral corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. He criticizes many high-ranking members of the Church and describes a lack of morality in medieval society; yet in the “Retraction,” Chaucer recants much of his work and pledges to be true to Christianity. Seemingly opposite views exist within the “Retraction” and The Canterbury Tales. However, this contradiction does not weaken Chaucer’s social commentary. Rather, the “Retraction” emphasizes Chaucer’s criticism of the Church and society in The Canterbury Tales by reinforcing the risk inherent in doing so....   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]

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The Canterbury

- The Canterbury As April comes, the narrator begins a pilgrimage to Canterbury from the Tabard Inn at Southwerk. Twenty-nine people make the pilgrimage toward Canterbury and the narrator describes them in turn. The pilgrims are listed in relative order of status, thus the first character is the Knight. Chaucer describes the knight as a worthy man who had fought in the Crusades. With him is a Squire, the son of the Knight and a 'lusty bachelor' of twenty. The Knight has a second servant, a Yeoman....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Knights Essays]

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Canterbury Tales Essay - Marriage and the Role of Women in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue

- Marriage and the Role of Women in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue   The Canterbury Tales, begun in 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer, are written in heroic couplets iambic pentameters, and consist of a series of twenty-four linked tales told by a group of superbly characterized pilgrims ranging from Knight to Plowman. The characters meet at an Inn, in London, before journeying to the shrine of St Thomas a Becket at Canterbury. The Wife of Bath is one of these characters. She bases both her tale and her prologue on marriage and brings humor and intrigue to the tales, as she is lively and very often crudely spoken....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Chaucer’s Placement and Description of the Manciple and the Reeve in the General Prologue

- On Chaucer’s Placement and Description of the Manciple and the Reeve in the General Prologue In the general prologue of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the manciple and the reeve are described one after the other. Given the proximity of characters such as the prioress, the friar and the monk to each other, while the parson is hundred of lines away, Chaucer clearly grouped characters not only by social standing, but by character and attitude as well. This is shown in Chaucer’s placement of the manciple and the reeve, as these two characters have similar occupations, social standing, though these are contrasted through their urban and rural viewpoints....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Canterbury Tales, Burgermeister's Daughter and the Writings of Thomas Aquinas

- Image of Women in Canterbury Tales, Burgermeister's Daughter and the Writings of Thomas Aquinas   What was the predominant image of women and women's place in medieval society. A rather sexist or misogynistic view--by twentieth century standards of course--was prevalent among learned clerics. The writings of the theologian Thomas Aquinas typify this view. But although the religious of Europe's abbeys and universities dominate the written record of the period, Thomistic sexism was not the only view of women's proper role....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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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The Wife of Bath

- The Wife of Bath In the pilgrimage to Canterbury there were twenty-nine pilgrim of who were to set froth to Canterbury to receive blessing. Out of those twenty-nine pilgrims, there were three women two of the women were the prioress and the Nun. The two women were escorted and protected by the priest. The third woman was the wife of baths. She was not escorted nor protected by man. One of the wife of bath's reasons in going on this pilgrimage, beside getting the holy blessing, was the probability off finding a sixth husband....   [tags: Papers]

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`` La Societe Est L ' Union Des Hommes, Et Non Pas Les Hommes

- "La Société est l 'union des hommes, et non pas les hommes." To completely understand the panoramic vision of a society, one must observe and analyse the manifestation of societal residents. In the general Prologue of the Canterbury Tales, a renowned estates satire written by Geoffrey Chaucer, the author depicts an eidetic social background through his detailed descriptions and portray of various pilgrims during their pilgrimages to the Canterbury Cathedral. From his ironically humorous tone, the prevalent atmosphere and concealing contemporary issues in the medieval period are pointed out in front of the readers....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue]

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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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Analysis Of Geoffrey Chaucer 's ' The Canterbury Tales '

- One recurring theme in Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales, is payback. Many of the tales are fabliaux, so they consist of naughty characters and oodles of payback. The characters each possess multiple characteristics, including caritas and cupiditas. Because of these traits, the characters in Chaucer’s tales are often prone to partake in immoral or moral activities. The activities result in payback dished out and received. The payback can come in many forms, including vengeful, violent, childish, karmic, or sexual....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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Women Of Women : The Tales Told By Geoffrey Chaucer

- In a society, there are many different opinions on how a women figure is seen. These ideas have changed overtime with the progress of women bring consider equal to men. There are two ways a woman can be interpreted, one brings lower to the men and the other being equal to men. Women play an important role in shaping lives, directly or indirectly. The tales depicted in this book shows the reader the broader insight of how women were seen as in previous years. The different ideas of what women meant to men are seen in the tales told by the characters in the book, mostly the men....   [tags: Gender, Woman, The Canterbury Tales, Female]

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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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Geoffrey Chaucer View and Change on Judgement

- As humans, it is a natural tendency to judge everything. We discriminate people, and judge them by who they are. Teenage girls judge other girls by what they wear, how they look, and how they present themselves socially. Do we do this on purpose. Of course not, but when we get bored with ourselves, we have to judge other people and compare. When we start this judgment process, we also form certain opinions towards that person or an organization. Geoffrey Chaucer is one of these people, but he actually did something about it....   [tags: hypocrisy, church, gender, satire, sarcasm]

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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: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Women In Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- Introduction Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” is a collection of stories written between 1387 and 1400 about a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England) and on their way, they tell stories to each other about their lives and experiences. The stories constitute a critique of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church, while women seem to be presented in a different way than they are in other contemporary works. The aim of this essay is to present the ways in which the portrayal of women is different, and trace their role within Chaucer’s masterpiece....   [tags: stories, medial societies, stereotypes]

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Paradise Lost and The Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, was written in the 14th Century during the Hundred Years War. Each of the characters was made to represent one of the 7 sins. In Paradise Lost, written by John Milton, every character has a direct connection to an earthly comfort. Both stories are written with the intent to teach its readers; however, Paradise Lost was written in in the 17th century, which means the writing style and the social standard on what the difference is between right and wrong, and how salvation is received is very different....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer vs John Milton, comparison]

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Chaucer's Society in Canterbury Tales

- Chaucer's society represents every social class. In doing so, it shows what it takes to actually make a society function. The different people carry different stories to share. These stories carry lessons learned in hopes of sharing them with others so that they may not end up in the same predicaments. After all, that is the main point of sharing stories, isn't it. In the Nun and Priest's tale, a story of never trusting a flatterer is told. The Pardoner tries to sell indulgences to the pilgrims after he told them he cheats them....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Measure For Measure And Act

- Both Measure for Measure and Macbeth were written in a social system where males held primary power and prevailed in roles of political leadership, moral authority and social privilege. The institutions of male domination entails female subordination.Women were regarded as subservient to men and were restricted from real opinions and formal education. Their expected role was to be domesticated and provide children. Consequently husbands and fathers held authority and possession over wives and daughters....   [tags: Gender, Male, William Shakespeare, Macbeth]

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The Tales Of Canterbury Tales

- The Tall Tales of, Canterbury Why are the Canterbury Tales so important. The Canterbury Tales were different forms of literary works written by Geoffrey Chaucer. In Chaucers The Canterbury Tales he uses personal experiences, observations of London, and unique style to create his Middle Age Tales. He was, not only a talented writer, but also had a very interesting life outside of his works. All of his works differentiate from medieval romance to the practiced of chivalry and courtly love. They prevail different themes, characters, and personalities....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer]

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The Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales, a masterpiece of English Literature, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, is a collection, with frequent dramatic links, of 24 tales told to pass the time during a spring pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. The General Prologue introduces the pilgrims, 29 "sondry folk" gathered at the Tabard Inn in Southwark (outside of London). Chaucer decides to join them, taking some time to describe each pilgrim. According to the Norton Anthology, "the composition of none of the tales can be accurately dated; most of them were written during the last fourteen years of Chaucer's life, although a few were probably written earlier and inserted...   [tags: Chaucer Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk

- Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk In her essay "Satire in The Monk: Exposure and Reformation", Campbell strives to portray Matthew Lewis' The Monk as a work that is full of and dependent upon satire, yet marks a significant departure from the tradition thereof. Campbell asserts that satire "forcibly exposes an essential quality of an institution, class, etc., which individuals associated with the ridiculed body have concealed either through ignorance, hypocrisy, or affectation." Although satire may be useful in exposing these hypocrisies and false beliefs, it offers no alternatives to these beliefs and is hence a destructive force despite the satirist's pretension...   [tags: Monk]

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Chaucer's View on the Church in The Canterbury Tales

- Chaucer's View on the Church in The Canterbury Tales By analyzing “The Canterbury Tales”, one can conclude that Chaucer did see the merits of the church, but by no means regarded it in a wholly positive light. Whereas some of the clergy are viewed as devout and God-fearing, others are viewed as con- men and charlatans. One can even venture to say that Chaucer was using this story as somewhat of a criticism of the church, showing the flaws of its leaders and the greed that permeated it at the time....   [tags: Papers]

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How Literature Mirrors the Era

- How Literature Mirrors the Era Beowulf, Macbeth, Eaters of the Dead, The Canterbury Tales, The Merchant of Venice, and Paradise Lost all reflect the time eras in which each was written. Each of which era reflects a totally different outlook on life. The Anglo-Saxon era was focused on blood, war, tragedy, heroism, and evilness. William the Conquerer was making his invasions around the world; this set the world to attention, making war and violence a common spectacle. Beowulf is one of the oldest known literary records of the beginnings of the English language....   [tags: Papers]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

- Following the fall of the great Roman Empire a new age was born, the age of knights in shining amour and the great kings in stone castles. Yet, it was also a chaotic time, War and plague was a disease upon Europe. Countries fought for land, resources, and above all, the attention of God. The world was young and so was the English Language. Few writers wrote in English, the language of the commoners, as French and Latin was the Language of the powerful élite. Yet one writer dared to speak against the feudal society of which he was born into....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Chaucer's Caterbury Tales

- Chaucer is a medieval author best known for his witty Canterbury Tales. He “was born between 1340 and 1345, probably in London. His father was a prosperous wine merchant” (BBC). Drawing inspiration from what he had experienced in his lifetime, Chaucer wrote his problems about his society with a series of short stories, names the Canterbury Tales. These tales are abnormal, due to being written in English, instead of Latin, like most stories of that period. Also, there is lots of examples of satire within the text....   [tags: medieval text analys, reflection of culture]

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Medieval Food

- Medieval Food Food is something that all people have always and will always need to consume in order to survive and thrive. Not only this, but it is also has an important societal function. Food is an important part of celebrations and sometimes dictates roles in societies. In Medieval society food was important for banquets, what was eaten by a person could denote what class a person was from, and was often mentioned in the literature. For my project I presented desserts, bread, and a couple of drinks....   [tags: Food Historical Essays]

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Classically Written

- Mark Twain once asserted, "a classic is a book that nobody reads." Geoffrey Chaucer's renowned classic The Canterbury Tales is a collection of short stories that is read the world over, yet still has attained the classical status. Chaucer's fictional collection has many components that make it well suited to its classical identity due to it's relate ability, relevancy to modern times, and the central focuses of universal truths. The Canterbury Tales has been widely published and made available to the masses in several translations from Middle English to Modern English in order to make the story accessible....   [tags: Free Essays]

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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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Chaucer's Views on Women: Griselda and the Wife of Bath's the Loathly Lady

- Chaucer's Views on Women: Griselda and the Wife of Bath's the Loathly Lady As a man fascinated with the role of women during the 14th Century, or most commonly known as the Middle Ages, Chaucer makes conclusive evaluations and remarks concerning how women were viewed during this time period. Determined to show that women were not weak and humble because of the male dominance surrounding them, Chaucer sets out to prove that women were a powerful and strong-willed gender. In order to defend this argument, the following characters and their tales will be examined: Griselda from the Clerk's Tale, and the Wife of Bath, narrator to the Wife of Bath's Tale....   [tags: European Literature Chaucer Essays Papers]

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The Cantebury Tales was Geoffrey Chaucer's Satire Towards the Catholic Church

- Geoffrey Chaucer expresses his disillusionment with the Catholic Church, during the Medieval Era, through satire when he wrote, The Canterbury Tales. The Medieval Era was a time when the Catholic Church governed England and was extremely wealthy. Expensive Cathedrals and shrines to saints' relics were built at a time when the country was suffering from famine, scarce labor, disease and the Bubonic Plague, which was the cause of death to a third of Europe's population and contributed to the rise of the middle class....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer essays research papers]

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Masculinity in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

- Masculinity in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale      The Wife of Bath, with the energy of her vernacular and the voraciousness of her sexual appetite, is one of the most vividly developed characters of 'The Canterbury Tales'. At 856 lines her prologue, or 'preambulacioun' as the Summoner calls it, is the longest of any of the pilgrims, and matches the General Prologue but for a few lines. Evidently Chaucer is infatuated with Alisoun, as he plays satirically with both gender and class issues through the Wife's robust rhetoric....   [tags: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales]

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The Canterbury Tales: Applying Chaucer's Criticism to Modern Society

- The Canterbury Tales: Applying Chaucer's Criticism to Modern Society It is not hard to apply Chaucer's description of the greedy doctor to today's medical system, nor is it difficult to find modern-day people with equivalent personalities to those of many of Chaucer's other characters. However, it is the institutions of his time as well as their flaws and hypocrisies that Chaucer is most critical of; he uses the personalities of his characters primarily to highlight those flaws. The two institutions that he is most critical of have lost much, if not all, of their influence; in many instances, the Church has only slight hold on the lives and attitudes of the people as a whole, and the str...   [tags: Sociology]

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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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