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    The Significance of Women in Chaucer's The Cantebury Tales In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Cantebury Tales, many stories are told leading to a wide range of topics.  One particular and significant topic Chaucer touches on many times is the role of women.  In stories such as The Millers Tale, The Knight's Tale, and the Wife of Bath's Tale the women of each story are portrayed extremely different.  Alisoun, Emelye, and the wife of Bath, each exemplify three dissimilar ways in which women love.  The

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    “devilish” characteristics as desirable, strong-willed and feministic. Chaucer appears to support women and specifically these devilish feminists by creating two very strong-willed and successful women in the Wife of Bath and the old hag in the Wife’s tale. However, through all of the tough outer attributes, on the inside are the same classic and traditional damsels in distress that require a man just like the women of that time always had. Through the original strong qualities of the two women, Chaucer

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    Comparing Cantebury Tales and The Decameron There are many different roles for women shown in “The Canterbury Tales” and “The Decameron”. Both books take place around the same time frame, 1300AD. “The Canterbury Tales”, takes place in London, England and “The Decameron” takes place in Florence, Italy. It would be just to think that since both books take place in a western civilization, both books would reflect the same morals and daily life styles. This is not the case at all. Throughout this

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    Being a work filled with an unprecedented “wealth of fascinating characters”, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales has been translated and retold in many versions over the years (Cohen 7-8). Unavoidably translations and retelling require choices made by writers and editors of how to represent things and what to include, which can easily change aspects of the original story. The most difficult retellings may be versions written for children as writers not only have to deal with modernizing the language

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    Marriage and Sovereignty The Canterbury Tales was written during the Medieval Era when women were seen inferior to men. Women during this time were bound to loveless, arranged marriages as which was the Wife of Bath's case because she was married at the age of twelve. These marriages were arranged for the families to acquire social and political gain. Women during this era could not own property, and had no political rights. Their social standing solely depended on their husband

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    The Canterbury Tales The Knight and The Squire Comparative Critical Details Speaking of Chaucer's time and work, in order to understand the exact extent of his achievement in the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, it is necessary to stress the fact that the Middle Ages were not a time of portraits. It was a time of patterns, of allegories, of reducing the specific to the general and then drawing a moral from it. What Chaucer was doing was entirely different. Before taking into account

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    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

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    “Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,” said Gregory Chaucer in his book, The Canterbury Tales, meaning people long to go on religious pilgrimages. The act of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages had been a very popular and traditional practice in the Christian society. This visit to shrines or holy places was an act of religious devotion and played a role in the lives of many Europeans, especially those in the western regions of Medieval Europe. In order to understand the importance of pilgrimages

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    Geoffrey Chauncery, the author of the Cantebury tales, tells many similar tales that portray a lesson in the end. In the Canterbury tales, the stories can have similarities and differences by following the same outline but filled in with a different plot or plot twist. Two tales I have chosen that have shown a little bit of similarities and differences are, "The wife of bath" and "The Knight's tale." The Wife of Bath is about a knight who rapes a woman. Girls involved ask the king to give

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    Literary Analysis of Emily in “The Knight’s Tale” Throughout the course of “The Knights Tale” the reader hears much talk about Emily, the sister-in-law of Duke Theseus, but she never says a word until the end of the story just before the great duel. Palamon, one of the main characters who is taken prisoner by Duke Theseus after the war with the Thebes, asks, “Is she a real woman or some fair queen who has slid down from heave to be kind to us perhaps?” The two cousins both saw her beauteous form

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    Lord of the Flies: A Tale of a Fateful Trip

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    Lord of the Flies: A Tale of a Fateful Trip Man has never quite found a truly perfect paragon in himself.  Through some fault of his own he can never achieve the high ideal of perfection that he seeks to attain.  The 'Divine' Michelangelo, named so by his contemporary biographer Giorgio Vasari, never called his masterwork of the Sistine Chapel ceiling finished. When it was unveiled Pope Julius II fell to his knees in prayer at the sight of this 'divine work of perfection.'  Michelangelo, who

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    The Uplifting Tale of Today Will Be a Quiet Day Some readers see death, but when I read the story "Today Will Be a Quiet Day" by Amy Hempel, I find it to be a light hearted, first-hand account of people coping with transition. Even its location in the table of contents under the heading "Childhood and Adolescent" (Barnet), implies that the story is not about death at all. A newly defined family, one man, a boy and a girl, is faced with the aftermath of divorce and explore among themselves the

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    A Tale of Two Endings of Great Expectations When Charles Dickens first drafted Great Expectations, his original ending to the novel provided a concrete conclusion for the story. However, when his editor asked him to revise the ending, he did so, stating that the revised ending was a “pretty… little piece of writing.” (Appendix A) The ambiguity of the revised ending, however, leaves much to be desired. In the original ending, when Biddy questions Pip about his current feelings toward Estella, he

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    The Occult in A Tale of the Ragged Mountains In his collection of criticism on Poe's stories, Thompson discusses the use of the occult in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains." He begins the article by explaining that this story might be the product of Poe's "fascination with, but detached attitudes toward, the pseudoscientific occultism of his age." He gives us some technical terms for the techniques that Poe uses in this story: "metempsychosis" is the transmigration of souls, and is the word that

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    The Life and Times of Margaret Atwood Three Sources Cited     Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. She lived in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for most of her childhood (her father was a forest entomologist), and that is where she gained her love for books and reading - probably from boredom. She also took up writing during this time, at the age of six (Margaret Atwood). Sshe came to want ot be a writer her senior year in high school when she says, "all of a sudden a big

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    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

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    Big Dreams

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    "And here we are today." concluded Sadique as he sat with Amit sipping tea. The two had been college buddies and had been through thick and thin together. After college, Sadique got placed in his dream company i.e. L&T Switchgear. He had got a job in his core field of Electrical Engineering. Amit, not as bright as Sadique, had to settle for a job in the software industry. Clearly, this was not what he had wanted. Still, both of them set out to make their careers with big dreams to chase. Frankfurt

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    Analysis of The Biographer's Tale In the wake of contemporary critical theory, the fundamental propositions on which biography rests (in particular, the notions of identity, history and life writing) have been challenged. According to Catherine Peters, biography is “a traditional, rather old-fashioned form, evolving slowly rather than by great imaginative leaps” (p.44). Therefore, these challenges to biography are most often dramatised within fiction, rather than in biography itself. However

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    Summary and Analysis of The Wife of Bath's Tale Prologue to the Wife of Bath's Tale: The Wife of Bath begins the prologue to her tale by boasting of her experience in marriage. She has married five men already, and ignores the idea that this is a reproach to Christian principles. She is merely adhering to the Christian principle of "be fruitful and multiply." She cites the case of King Solomon, who had multiple wives, and tells the group that she welcomes the opportunity for her sixth husband

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    The knight from the Wife of Bath's Tale

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    The knight from the Wife of Bath's Tale Historical Background Women's rights in the medieval years were nonexistent. Women were virtually their husbands' properties. They were identified by their husbands' names and could not legally own anything. Their husbands controlled their lives. Before marriage, a woman's possessions were property of her father. An arranged marriage was the norm, not the exception. Girls were married young, often given to much older men. Marriage wasn't romantic;

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