Satire In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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Maggie Pike
Mr. Pinzone
Satire Essay
14 November 2017
Satire has power in society, poems, movies, political events, and even controls parts of our everyday lives. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people or things. Today’s generation of children are greatly affected by the use of this literary tool, as it requires critical reflection, so the laughter of the remark isn't the end of the joke. With the abundance of technology we have today, it is easy for comedians, actors, and artists to spread their thoughts and give their opinion on many controversial views. Geoffrey Chaucer's poem, The Canterbury Tales, can be reflected through today’s society with the use of satire, which conveys a great amount of power and can transmit messages about women empowerment and the seven virtues.
Chaucer uses many techniques throughout his poem, such as making some of the female characters in his story ‘different’ than the “societal-norm”. The Wife of Bath, who has her own separate story, is quite different from the women you would normally read about in this time period. She had five husbands, she cusses and told dirty jokes, and she was the one giving advice to people in town, instead of the men. Chaucer gives a description of her that does not make her seem like the kind of woman who would be a “man’s object” and abide to whatever he says. The reader knows that Wife of Bath has more power than one would expect because the king gives her the
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