Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a collection of several tales that are all told by different characters and all convey different messages. The story presented in the general prologue is that a group of pilgrims is traveling to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket, and during their journey they take turns telling tales and talking about themselves. Chaucer uses the pilgrims to express his beliefs, about religion, marriage, social class, and many other topics. One of the pilgrims is the Manciple, who is a commoner and has the job of providing supplies for an institution and in this case, he is the caterer for a group of lawyers. Through the character of the Manciple, his prologue, and his tale, Chaucer showcases the importance of…show more content…
For instance the tale says “To make her love him and keep faithful, too/ But God knows well that nothing man may do/ Will ever keep restrained a thing [of] nature” (Chaucer, “Manciple’s Tale”. It is understandable that the Manciple’s character is inconsistent and that the faithfulness of women plays a role in the story but both interpretations actually just exists to create Chaucer’s the real message about the discretion of speech. “The "moralitee" of "The Manciple's Tale" is that it is unwise to speak too much…the fact that he uses so many words to tell his audience not to talk overmuch creates an ironic contrast between the form of his language and its meaning” (Rossignol). Phoebus’s wife and pet crow are just mere characters that help to convey the message against acting rash and speaking too much. The weaknesses in the story are most likely there because the “The Manciple’s Tale” was composed near the end of the period during which The Canterbury Tales were written and that Chaucer died before he was able to make final revisions” (Rossignol).
Some critics believe “The Manciple’s Tale” is weak in structure, with poor development of plot and characters. Others believe that “these weaknesses are actually Chaucer’s way of
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