Comparing The Prioress's Tale And The Tale Of Melibee

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In The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Both “The Prioress’ Tale” and “The Tale of Melibee” deal with grave evils involving attacks from enemies, injustices, and tragedies. The difference between these two stories is that “The Tale of Melibee” offers a better solution to the problem of evil and injustice than the ending of “The Prioress’ Tale”. “The Tale of Melibee” shows not only a solution to Melibee’s problem, but also any dilemma where there is injustice. The Prioress’ solution to evil is through blaming one’s enemy and solving the problem through violence instead of words. In “The Prioress’ Tale” a Christian boy is walking home from school singing, which annoyed the Jews. The Jews then killed the boy out of anger. When it…show more content…
In “The Tale of Melibee”, Melibee’s daughter Sophie is severely wounded by Melibee’s enemies and Melibee is forced to choose whether or not to seek revenge. At first urged by his flatterers, Melibee wants to go to war. Lady Prudence, Melibee’s wife, reminds Melibee that he cannot let his sorrow and anger overwhelm him and his reaction has to be proportionate to the crime. Prudence convinces Melibee not to go to war using reason. For example she explains that Melibee’s enemies are expecting retaliation and Melibee is not prepared for a war. Melibee is drawing from the wisdom of the world when he should be drawing from the wisdom of God. The last example of how “The Tale of Melibee” offers a better solution to the problem of evil and injustice than the ending “The Prioress’ Tale”, is that in “The Tale of Melibee”, they use their words to serve justice, rather than violence. “Sweet words cause friendships to multiply and increase , and make vexatious, wicked men turn kind and meek”. Prudence uses her words to help Melibee’s enemies understand how horrible what they did to Sophie was. Not only does she make peace with Melibee’s enemies but she also helps others understand that words can be used to fight injustice, just as war

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