Satire : A Literary Analysis Of Chaucer's Satire

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Satire (A Literary Analysis of how Chaucer uses Satire) “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence” (Gino). Admit it; we all have that one friend that is always sarcastic. There are always saying things that may seem nice at first, but when you think about it what they just said could have been a complete insult. This special trait that is used by people is called satire. Satire is defined as the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to criticize faults. There is one person in our history that is the father of all satire, his name is Chaucer. Chaucer wrote in the medieval times and would talk about when women's rights and people of the church that were very hypocritical. Chaucer uses satire to reach his intended audience in his writings by coming across at first as nice but actually is being very sarcastic and actually insulting people right in front of them. Chaucer uses satire in, Chaucer’s Tales of Canterbury. First, Chaucer uses satire in, The General Prologue. The General Prologue is the whole overview of all the people that are included in, Chaucer's Tales of Canterbury. The General Prologue talks about the background behind everyone, and all of their secrets. One Example of satire that is used in, The General Prologue, by Chaucer, he describes a Nun, saying, “...And she spoke daintily in French, extremely, after the school of Stratford-atta-Bowe; French in the Paris style she did not know” (Pg. 100 Lines 128-130). Basically, this means that the Nun only knows a few words of French, but uses them so that people think that she is very smart and knows the whole French language. Callahan mentions,“Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain” This shows why the Nun would want to tell people that she can speak more than one language. Second, Chaucer uses Satire in, The Pardoner’s Prologue, Pardoner’s Tale. In the, Pardoner’s Prologue, Chaucer writes about how the Pardoner, a church leader, isn’t what you think he is. The Pardoner in the prologue talks about himself, saying he loves money. “The curse of avarice and cupidity is all my sermon, for it frees the pelf. Out come the pencem and specially for myself…” (Pg.
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