Comparison Of The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare are two extremely famous English writers. The Canterbury Tales is Chaucer’s best known work. Chaucer had initially planned to have each character tell four stories, two on their way to Canterbury and two on their way back. In actuality, The Canterbury Tales is only made up of twenty four tales and ends before the characters make it to Canterbury. It is also often under debate whether the tales were in the correct order as the tales are varied in order. Despite these uncertainties, The Canterbury Tales is known for its beautiful rhythm and Chaucer’s clever use of satire. Geoffrey Chaucer then died October 25th, 1400 of unknown causes at sixty years of age (www.biography.com). Shakespeare then began to write around the year 1590, and over two decades he wrote almost forty plays revolving around several main themes: histories, tragedies, comedies and tragicomedies. The Tempest was one of Shakespeare’s famous comedies and is thought to be his last play even though it is known that he wrote other plays before he died in approximately 1616 (www.biography.com). Within The Canterbury Tales, there is a character called the Wife of Bath who is an exaggeration of a certain archetype of a woman, she is sexual, liberated and certainly not coy. Whereas, within the Tempest there is a woman named Miranda who could be seen as the opposite, she is chaste and does what she is told. Although the character of the Wife of Bath is the forerunner of the
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