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Education On Education In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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Geoffrey Chaucer is arguably one of the most impactful authors in English history. This point is very easily argued through one of his most well-known writings, The Canterbury Tales. He also made history by writing this tale in, what is now known as, middle english. This was a style that was outside of the widely-known French norm. This tale that made history is now read in high schools around the United States and is an excellent tale to read in spare time. But an unanswered question still stands as to what Geoffrey Chaucer’s opinion on education was. Throughout The Canterbury Tale, Chaucer never directly states his opinion on education but many think that he did so in a passive state. Some believe that character's education was reflective on their social class and their personality. Others would even go as far to say that their appearance is something that could represent their education. But all of these things put up great points to things that show how education can be seen in people. He shows that education can be both formal and informal through all of the traits listed above. In fact, some of these traits are still seen in society today. Social classes don’t necessarily apply to today's culture, but those who are more wealthy usually have a better education. Chaucer puts a large emphasis on education throughout The Canterbury Tales through positive and negative correlation with appearance, social class, and personality. There are many characters throughout The
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