• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Chaucer is successful in creating humour in the Wife of Baths prologue and tale.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

With close reference to at least three episodes, show how Chaucer creates humour in the Wife of Bath’s prologue (&/ or) Tale. Chaucer was born in 1343, and was known for his renowned collection of the Canterbury tales. A group of pilgrims of different social ranks travelled to Canterbury, each telling their tale on the remarkable journey. From the Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas á Becket which lay in Canterbury, they made a pact to illustrate stories to one another. Chaucer uses each individual character prologue to capture the reader’s attention, as well as engage them to a feel for each pilgrim’s behaviour. Chaucer is successful in creating humour in the Wife of Bath’s prologue and tale. A heavy use of fabliaux, (which are extended jokes that are commonly known to be bawdy and full of sexual innuendo) is used to emphasize the ridicule of the wife of Bath in whom Chaucer satirizes. ...read more.

Middle

was anything but a wife, as she did not stick to one husband, or treat her husbands in the ideal way a wife were to treat them. Rather she?d dishonour and disrespect them. A huge irony that is continuous in the Wife of Bath?s tale is the fact that she uses biblical references and religious icons to justify her reasons for her five husbands. Line 28 states ?God bad us for to wex and multiplie; That gentil text kan I wel understonde.? She argued that God told us to multiply so she used this as biblical proof to justify her reasons for marring so many times. This is comical to us as the audience because, yes indeed God told us to produce offspring, but the wife of Bath manipulates this verse to suit her, enabling us to believe that she married each time because she was unable to produce children out of each previous one as she went on. ...read more.

Conclusion

face after she had provoked him by ripping three pages out of the book that was downcasting wives; ?I with my fest so took him on the cheek, That in oure fyr he fil backward adoun.? She lunged at him out of nowhere, and it?s unanticipated, as well as the fact it directly contradicts with Jankin?s opinion of a good and faithful wife. Out of the blue she unleashed her feisty behaviour upon him, and the shock diminished quicly enough as he ?up stirte as dooth a wood leoun.? It was particularly entertaining that the wife of Bath managed to single-handedly trick the scholar Jankin into obtaining the mastery of their relationship. A powerful imagery of the wife of Bath is her controlling the ?horse bridle? of their marriage, which illustrates the surrender of Jankin between lines 815-825. By exaggerating her ?near-death? experience, she was able to cunningly out-smart her husband to return all the land and property that she originally owned but decided to write-off to him previously out of foolish love. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Geoffrey Chaucer section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Geoffrey Chaucer essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    "A shockingly cynical picture". In the light of this comment, discuss the Wife of ...

    4 star(s)

    Furthermore, we are made aware of the wife's materialistic and debased view of marriage. She admits that having secured "hir lond and hir tresor" she no longer felt the need to "doon hem reverence" or "do lenger diligence/To winne hir love".

  2. Chaucer's Irony - The Canterbury Tales

    shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). The Prioress is a perfect example of Chaucer gently mocking her whilst simultaneously orchestrating a thought-out attack on the Church. Chaucer the pilgrim is in awe of her French and the way she rarely swears (l.

  1. Quotes from the Miller's Tale

    I knowe it by my soun...wite it the ale of southwek"p31 Love for ale this could be exaggerated for comic reasons but would clear up some of the elements in the story that do not make sense eg reapering door but overall the tale is remarkably fluent and sophisticated "He

  2. 'Merchant's Tale - Marriage'

    Yet, it definitively places May in a feeble, pitiful state: 'She preyseth nat his pleying worth a bene'16 Chaucer here again brings the reader's attention to the one-sided sexual gratification this scene portrays, as well as the merchant's role as narrator of the poem, 'bene' iconically related to money and trade.

  1. English society of Chaucer's time

    On that sunny April day, "Chaucer" (coincidentally the name Chaucer chose for his narrator) happens to be at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, just south of London. He's going on his own pilgrimage to the cathedral at Canterbury where St.

  2. Analysis of lines 125 - 300 of The Merchant's Tale

    This passage was possibly included by the Merchant to subtle attack women while appearing to praise them. The imagery of nature in the tale such as the references to gardens and Januarie's comparison of himself to a tree 'I fare dooth a tree, that blosmeth er that fruyt ywoxen bee'

  1. The franklins tale raises issues about what it really means to be "noble" ...

    The courtly veneer is wearing thin. The noble aspects of courtly love have disappeared amidst Aurelius' expressive and unappealing attempts to be the ideal courtly lover. At the end of the tale Courtly love belongs to a romantic world of which Aurelius is no longer a part of.

  2. Select two or three portraits from the General Prologue and discuss Chaucer's use of ...

    is the way the Friar, who was allowed to hear confession, abuses his position. It is obvious that this Friar is not interested in penitence but his purpose is to gain 'good pitaunce', the rhyme of the two words emphasises the irony.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work