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  • The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

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    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a story of a contest who can tell the best tale. The rules of the contest were as follows: Each pilgrim would tell four tales for the trip to Canterbury, two on the journey there and two on the way back.. The tales will be judged by the Host for it’s entertainment and moral lessons. The winner of the contest will enjoy a meal paid for by the remaining pilgrims at the Host's Inn. “The Miller’s Tale” had fulfilled the criteria to win the contest. It was

  • Satire In The Canterbury Tales

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    sarcasm and satire, he joined the bandwagon of giving people what they wanted to read, and he did this using the sneak attack known as satire. Chaucer’s satire can be observed in man places throughout The Canterbury Tales, the General Prologue being the first. “The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is an estates satire. In the Host’s portraits of the pilgrims, he sets out the functions of each estate and satirizes how members of the estates – particularly those of the Church – fail to meet their

  • Patriarchy In The Canterbury Tales

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    characters to battle common ideals, such as his use of the Wife of Bath to pick on patriarchy. In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer begins with a general prologue where all characters are introduced, including a few who don’t quite fit the mold of “holy”. In the Pardoner's Tale, Chaucer speaks through him and brings the hypocrisy of the church into the light. Chaucer uses his writing of Canterbury Tales to attack two major idea’s of his time, including the idea of men being superior to women and the purity

  • The Canterbury Tales And The Pardoner's Tale

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    In the late 1300s Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a story which follows the religious journey of twenty-nine people, who represent many aspects of Medieval society, to the Canterbury Cathedral in southeast England. While on the pilgrimage the host of the tavern, where all the pilgrims meet, suggests that the pilgrims each tell a story for the group’s entertainment. Chaucer intended for all the voyagers to tell two stories, but he unfortunately died before he could finish the book and

  • Religion In The Canterbury Tales

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    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a number of stories put together. The narrator is the author himself. The stories are told by pilgrims who are headed to Canterbury to visit the remains of Thomas a’ Becket. The character the Host insists that everyone tells two stories. One on the way there and one on the way back to make the trip less tiresome. There are some important details to understand when reading the poem. The first one is the values of the people in the middle ages. The people’s

  • Gender In Canterbury Tales

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    Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Baldassare Castiglione’s The Courtier, and “To the Fair Clarinda” by Aphra Behn. Constantly evolving, gender has become less defined by one’s biological sex, and more so determined by personal comfortability either within or outside of

  • Infidelity In The Canterbury Tales

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    writer. He wrote the Canterbury Tales to show morals and lessons. In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer writes about a group of people taking a pilgrim. Before beginning the journey, the Innkeepers proposes a contest of storytelling. The winner of the storytelling contest win a paid for dinner. After the Knight tells his story, the Miller proposes to share his own story. The Miller is a heavy drinker, who often tells inappropriate and vulgar jokes. The Miller’s Tale is a Fabliau, a story

  • Secularism In The Canterbury Tales

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    by religion. The vested powers in the hands of the Pope and in Christianity were capable of influencing the social standards and moral principles of the society. However, in The Canterbury Tales, a series of twenty-four short stories, Geoffrey Chaucer depicts the rise of secularism. One of the stories, “The Miller’s Tale,” follows three young men – John, Nicholas, Absolon – who are all involved with one woman, Alisoun. Chaucer ignores divine revelation and deals solely with the corrupted, material

  • Summary Of The Canterbury Tales And The Reeve's Tale

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    “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale,” two of the many stories in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, portray many similarities on the views of love, marriage, and immorality. Both “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale” portray what love truly means to the Miller and the Reeve. Chaucer’s two tales also exemplify the unfaithfulness of the wives to their vows of marriage. Additionally, the stories share corresponding similarities in the many instances of dishonesty and immoral features

  • Characteristics Of Canterbury Tales

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    In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer paints the characters of the General Prologue in a somewhat ironic light, offering cynicism and criticism as the poet through the naïve observations of his own fictional personification. One character portrait that receives Chaucer’s cynicism is that of the monk, who, on the first read-through, seems to be a jolly monk with a healthy habit of hunting, but on closer inspection is not all that he seems. In this characterization, Chaucer describes the monk