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The Canterbury Tales: A Moral Reading.

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Lauren Hoff IB World Literature Dr. Kilduff 19 Oct. 2003 The Canterbury Tales: A Moral Reading Aesop's fables are tales of moral value. They introduce to the reader things not to do, and how to get out of certain situations. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer follows along the same lines. Each character in the book has moral values that are looked down upon, with everything from polygamy, to dishonesty and cheating. An unmoral act or having unmoral qualities is something which is looked down upon and considered impure by not only others, but also you. Each character tells a story, which has a moral contained in it. These stories to some would be considered extremely vulgar and distasteful to be reading. On the other hand, these stories are showing precisely what a world would look like without any moral values what so ever, and how much a society depends on their morals. Although many of the stories are spoofs on the previous tale, becoming less tasteful, more vulgar, and more illicit than the previous, they contain moral values. ...read more.


There has been an old saying, that love conquers all. There is to be a tournament between the two men, Arcite and Palomon, for the love of the woman, Emeley. Being of a religious time, both men pray to a god for assistance in the tournament to win Emeley's love. Palomon, the man who truly loves Emeley prays to the god of love, Venus, for help in winning the battle. Arctie, who merely wants to win Emeley for the sake of saying he won the battle, prays to the god of war, Mars. In the end, love conquered all and Palomon won Emeley even though Arcite won the battle. "Love conquers all" was the moral of this story. Without love, none of this would have happen. Love is a major part of human society, as everyone is destined to find the one they love to spend the rest of their lives with. If a person understands that love conquers all, it will benefit them by finding the one they love. ...read more.


Thou shalt namore thurgh thy flatterye do me to sing and winken with mine eye." Line 606, he is telling the fox that he has learned his lesson and will not fall for flattery again. This story is a hint to the reader, that all of the tales contain a moral, and all of them should be taken to heart. Many people would believe these stories to be mere entertainment, as they are vulgar and contain unappealing acts. At a closer view it is obvious to see that each story contains a moral in life, and each tale has very cleverly put that moral into a story for all to learn from. Morals are what run a society and a lack of morals would prove chaotic to a society. Chaucer puts into words what would happen if society had no morals. There would be rape, trickery, cheating and illicit sex around ever corner, which is what each tale contains. Therefore, The Canterbury Tales are immoral and vulgar in content, but not at all in meaning, as they give moral value to its readers. Word Count: 1,068 -1- ...read more.

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