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  • The Summoner And The Wife Of Bath - 449 words
    The Summoner And The Wife Of Bath On the other hand, the vivid description of the Summoner is disgusting. His skin is full of pimples and boils. He smells of garlic and wine. Chaucer writes, "No borax, ceruse, tartar, could discharge, Nor ointment that could cleanse enough." The tone is vivid as to how unclean the Summoner was. He was unclean in body and mind. He lied and was sanctimonious. He was suppose to be a man of God and he was very much full of pride and of the purse. The Summoner's bad nature could bring harm to others as illustrated by Chaucer's statement, "he brought duress on any young fellow in the diocese. Chaucer's writes vividly about the Summoner, "who had a fiery-red, cheru ...
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  • 16th Century Poetry - 1,273 words
    16Th Century Poetry Part I: 1. Name three of the Germanic tribes that brought to England the dialects that make up the basis of the language we now call Old English. The Germanic tribes that brought the dialects were the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes. 2. Give an example from Beowulf of three of the following poetic devices: alliteration, the kenning, variation (repetition of appositives), or the litote (understatement). There are several examples of alliteration in lines 3079-3084, "Nothing we advised could ever convince the prince we loved, our land's guardian, not to vex the custodian of the gold, let him lie where he was long accustomed, lurk there under earth until the end of the wor ...
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  • Analysis Of Wife Of Bath - 1,176 words
    Analysis of Wife of Bath Analysis of Wife of Bath Geoffrey Chaucer was charged with rape by a woman named Cecily Chaumpaigne around the year 1380. It is most likely that a distinguishable character, such as Chaucer would not have been guilty of this charge. However, the word "rape" probably referred to kidnapping rather than assaulting a woman as it means today. Cecily Chaumpaigne in 1380 released Chaucer of all charges of "raptu meo," a phrase that could be interpreted as "seizing me". It is possible that this allegation of rape brought on to Chaucer by Cecily Chaumpaigne, is the very reason behind the Tale of the Wife of Bath. The wife of Bath is a tough woman with a mind of her own and sh ...
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  • Canterbury Takes And Society - 474 words
    Canterbury Takes And Society The Canterbury Tales presents a picture of the society in which the author lived. The pilgrims tales reflect the changing views held by society at that time. The pilgrims must tell their tales to and from the shrine. The criteria to choose the winner are that the tale be instructive and amusing, "Tales of best sentence and most solas (38)." The tale that wins must teach a lesson and be entertaining at the same time. The tale of "The Wife of Bath" would have won the contest for these reasons. The tale is entertaining and there is a lesson to be learned in the end. The tale told by the Wife of Bath is an entertaining tale. The entertainment comes at the beginning o ...
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  • Canterbury Tales - 3,378 words
    ... singing abilities, Chanticleer decides to sing for him. While singing the fox has a chance to seize Chanticleer when he sings, because whiling singing he closes his eyes like his father did. As the fox uses more and more false flattery towards Chanticleer, he is less sacred and concentrates more on singing for Sir Russell Fox. While singing the fox snatches Chanticleer and runs away with him into the woods. Everyone panics and chases after the fox to try and get back Chanticleer. Another example of false flattery in " The Nun's Priest's Tale" is when Chanticleer uses it to free himself from danger. The fox takes him into the forest so he can eat him. But before that happens, Chanticleer ...
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  • Canterbury Tales - 1,037 words
    Canterbury Tales Though the characters in the Canterbury Tales are described vividly and often comically, it is not necessarily true that these characters are therefore stereotypes of The Middle ages. The intricate visual descriptions and the tales the characters tell help to direct the reader in finding a more accurate and realistic picture of the pilgrims, bringing into question the theory that Chaucer was just collating stereotypes from his time. The fact that there is one representative for each of the chief classes (under the higher nobility) would suggest that this work is an attempt to provide a catalogue of characters from the middle ages, and it can be assumed from this that this de ...
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  • Canterbury Tales By Chaucer - 1,671 words
    Canterbury Tales By Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales is a story of nine and twenty pilgrims traveling to Canterbury, England in order to visit the shrine of St. Thomas A. Becket. The General Prologue starts by describing the beauty of nature and of happy times, and then Chaucer begins to introduce the pilgrims. Most of Chaucers pilgrims are not the honorable pilgrims a reader would expect from the beautiful opening of the prologue, and instead they are pilgrims that illustrate moral lessons. In the descriptions of the pilgrims, Chaucers language and wit helps to show the reader how timeless these character are. Chaucer describes his pilgrims in a very kind way, and he is not judgme ...
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  • Canterbury Tales By Chaucer - 1,819 words
    Canterbury Tales By Chaucer By far Chaucer's most popular work, although he might have preferred to have been remembered by Troilus and Criseyde, the Canterbury Tales was unfinished at his death. No less than fifty-six surviving manuscripts contain, or once contained, the full text. More than twenty others contain some parts or an individual tale. The work begins with a General Prologue in which the narrator arrives at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, and meets other pilgrims there, whom he describes. In the second part of the General Prologue the inn-keeper proposes that each of the pilgrims tell stories along the road to Canterbury, two each on the way there, two more on the return journey, an ...
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  • Canterbury Tales By Chaucer - 1,862 words
    ... ink the wine, that he has poisoned, and also die. Fragment VII The Shipman's Tale: a fabliau in which a merchant's wife offers to sleep with a monk if he gives her money; he borrows the money from the merchant, sleeps with the wife, and later tells the merchant (who asks for his money on returning from a journey) that he has repaid it to his wife! She says that she has spent it all, and offers to repay her husband through time together in bed. The tale seems written to be told by a woman, perhaps it was originally given to the Wife of Bath? The Prioress's Prologue and Tale: a religious tale, in complete contrast to the Shipman's. A little boy is killed by wicked Jews because he sings a h ...
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  • Canterbury Tales Wife Of Bath - 423 words
    Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath Chaucer portrays the Wife of Bath as if she is a hypocrite, although, beneath the words, there is a great deal of wisdom involved. The approach that I take, is the view that this tale is advice for women to take. This tale teaches women that there are times one should be a feminist and times you should not. If a women would be a feminist all her life, she probably wouldn't get anywhere in her life or with any man. If a woman were not to have a feministic character anytime of her life, she would be overwhelmed by most men, of work or whatever the case may be. Early in The Wife of Bath, there is a quotation said by the wife of bath supporting the idea that she i ...
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  • Canterbury Tales Wife Of Bath - 808 words
    Canterbury Tales - Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath is a very envious women, who desires only a few simple things in life.She likes to make mirror images of herself, through her stories, which in some way reflects the person who she really is. This is all proven through the many ways she portrays her characters. The Wife of Bath desires the obvious in life, but what she most desires above all is being more powerful than her man, her spouse, and her lover.In a relationship, she wishes to be the dominant of the two.The one who has the last say.The one who is in control and decides all of the matters in the relationship.This is shown in her tale when the knight fulfills his task to her."'...a wome ...
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  • Carnivalism And Its Effect On Literature - 597 words
    Carnivalism And Its Effect On Literature Carnivalization is the term used by Mikhail Bakhtin to describe the shaping effect on literary genres. The idea of carnivalism is the discourse of structuralism. Carnivalism is the opposite of everything deemed normal. Bahktin describes it as: ...the true feast of time, the feasts of becoming, change and renewal. (45) Carnival originated from the Feasts of the Church. The feasts were a serious, formal occasion in which strict patterns were closely followed. Emphasis was placed on social standing. It was considered a consecration of inequality (45). However, during Carnival, everyone was considered equal. The festivities of Carnival were very popular, ...
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  • Chaucers Attitude Towards Wealth - 444 words
    Chaucer's Attitude Towards Wealth In the masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer described his characters by classification. Chaucer describes the characters wealth as an impression on the character, good or bad. Chaucers attitude helped to create feelings for the characters that were described throughout the work. Chaucer attitude towards the guildsmens showy wealth was opposing of their real character. For example, they strongly represented one impressive guild-fraternity (13) with showy clothes and admirable gear that they wore. The guildsmen had a lot of money and wanted to show it off to everyone that they saw. Also, their knives had only the best metal put on them, and wrou ...
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  • Chaucers The Canterbury Tales - 309 words
    ChaucerS The Canterbury Tales Deceit Then and Now Chaucer's, The Canterbury Tales, ridicule some common human frailties. Some of the frailties exposed satirize the church. Two characters whose weaknesses do such are The Pardoner and The Wife of Bath who are manipulative, selfish, and deceitful - all characteristics despised by the church. The Pardoner is manipulative in many ways. One is that he can make people believe nearly anything he says. He can get them to believe things will happen, no matter how preposterous they seem. By speaking in Latin, and by using fancy language, he is able to convince people many things, such as if they wear a certain mitten, their grain will multiply. The Par ...
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  • In Chaucers Day Women Were Thought Of In Lesser Regard Than Men - 1,490 words
    In Chaucers day women were thought of in lesser regard than men. Their positions in the community were less noble and often displeasing. The Canterbury Tales, written by Chaucer, is about a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Along with the narrator (Chaucer), there are 29 other Canterbury pilgrims. Not surprisingly, only three of them are women: the Prioress, the associate of the Prioress, and the Wife of Bath. Each traveler is to tell two tales to make the journey to Canterbury and back more enjoyable. The Host, Harry Bailey, is in charge of the group and will decide what is in the best interest of them all. Thus, the journey begins as do the tales. Even though the times suggest women are weak and p ...
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  • Marriage In Chaucers The Canterbury Tales - 1,425 words
    Marriage In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales demonstrate many different attitudes toward and perceptions of marriage. Some of these ideas are very traditional, such as that discussed in the Franklin's Tale, and others are more liberal such as the marriages portrayed in the Miller's and the Wife of Bath's Tales. While several of these tales are rather comical, they do indeed give us a representation of the attitudes toward marriage at that time in history. D.W. Robertson, Jr. calls marriage the solution to the problem of love, the force which directs the will which is in turn the source of moral action (Andrew, 88). Marriage in Chaucer's time meant a union between ...
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  • Oliver Thompson - 1,011 words
    Oliver Thompson English 4 with Mr. Edson November 3, 2000 Women in the Canterbury Tales Throughout the Canterbury Tales women are treated as objects. In the Knight's Tale a beautiful maiden is sought after by two men, men willing to do whatever it takes to have her. The carpenter in the Miller's Tale married a young and beautiful women, and she is pursued by two men because of her beauty. Two students exact revenge upon a miller in the Reeve's Tale by sleeping with his wife and daughter, taking their revenge on the miller by violating his possessions. Finally, in the Wife of Bath's Tale a knight rapes a woman, and then despises his wife because she is ugly and poor. By acting this way the kn ...
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  • Pardoners Tale - 1,614 words
    Pardoner's Tale The Pardoner's Tale: Deception and Foolishness There are several types of foolishness being described in the Pardoner's Tale itself. He describes gluttony in general, then specifically wine. He talks of gambling, taking bets and the like, and of swearing. The exemplum of his sermon describes three fools who go foolishly seeking death, then find it in a large amount of gold. Deception is another topic addressed by the Pardoner: he comes right out and says that he is a con artist, and that he is out to take people's money. In his tale, deception by the rioters leads to the death of all three. These are good points, but there is another deception the Pardoner plays, and gets cau ...
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  • Pardoners Tale - 1,614 words
    Pardoner's Tale The Pardoner's Tale: Deception and Foolishness There are several types of foolishness being described in the Pardoner's Tale itself. He describes gluttony in general, then specifically wine. He talks of gambling, taking bets and the like, and of swearing. The exemplum of his sermon describes three fools who go foolishly seeking death, then find it in a large amount of gold. Deception is another topic addressed by the Pardoner: he comes right out and says that he is a con artist, and that he is out to take people's money. In his tale, deception by the rioters leads to the death of all three. These are good points, but there is another deception the Pardoner plays, and gets cau ...
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  • Riske Vs Reserved - 1,048 words
    Riske Vs. Reserved Riske vs. Reserved Women in the 20th century would most likely stand out if she were to be transported back into the time of Chaucers The Canterbury Tales. Women during the 14th century were to be seen and not heard. Their rights in society as well as their role was subordinate to medieval mans. In specifically two tales of The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer expresses his opinionated views of the manners and behaviors of women during the 1300s. In the Wife of Baths Tale, Chaucer portrays an extravagant and lusty woman, where as the Prioress is well mannered with a lady like demeanor. Chaucers descriptions of the two characters clearly depict the Prioress and a better woman than ...
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