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To what extent is it important to see the Franklin as the narrator of the Franklin's Tale

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To what extent is it important to see the Franklin as the narrator of The Franklin's Tale? The Canterbury Tales is neither realist fiction nor a fictionalised account of an actual journey. We know that these tales never happened purely because it would be impossible for every single member of this 'group' of pilgrims to hear everyone's story whilst travelling. However, Geoffrey Chaucer's clever setting and style of writing does give an insight into what there pilgrimage could have been like, had it actually happened, and so the use of the pilgrimage plot does merit our judgments. The General Prologue doesn't just introduce to us, the reader, the characters of those on the pilgrimage, but also sets up a pattern in the way that the order of the stories told is. There is a social hierarchy involved here. The collection of pilgrims is therefore quite varied, but it is also not a random picking of people. ...read more.

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Chaucer the poet makes Chaucer the pilgrim act and speak similarly to the Franklin. Both characters are prone to pervasive irony and both are a serious vision of a devious, confused and considerably various pilgrimage. The Franklin is also described, in twenty one lines of his introduction, as a man who enjoys his food and whose needs must be expensively catered to. This connects well with Chaucer the pilgrim because he is also described as a 'wide-eyed, jolly, roly-poly little man' which also seems to fit the description of the Franklin. The Franklin politely, and mercifully, interrupts the Squire. He stops the tale just when it sounds as if the Squire will keep talking on and on forever never getting the story off the ground, and pretends that he thinks it's over, ignoring objections from the Squire and the other pilgrims by heaping praises upon the young man. Here he displays the good sense and diplomacy revealed also in his tale. ...read more.

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This is Monosyllabic. Throughout the tale, the Franklin addresses the audience, the pilgrims, and telling the story but the way he makes his sentences so long and eloquent makes it hard for the pilgrims to understand when he is talking directly to them, and when he is telling the tale. Every now and then at the sort of ends of the chapters in his tale he adds a small moral ending, this helps the pilgrims spot when he is telling the story. Chaucer the poet also makes his appearance in the clever creation of this book of tales. One of these is when he writes: Wommen, of kinde, desiren libertee, And nat to been constreyned as a thral; And so doon men, if I sooth seyen shal. This is a link to the Wife of Bath's tale. There is a group of tale's written by Chaucer called the Marriage Group. This was created by the critic George Kittredge. The tales involved in this other than the Franklin's tale and the Wife of Bath's tale are the Clerk's tale and the Merchant's tale. ?? ?? ?? ?? Camilla Corbett, Luxmoore Mr. Tyndall ...read more.

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