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Consider the Significance of the Extract (Lines 816-844) and Discuss its Relevance to the Tale as a Whole.

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Introduction

Consider the Significance of the Extract (Lines 816-844) and Discuss its Relevance to the Tale as a Whole. The significance of this extract is extremely dimensional as the narrator once again provides the reader with additional examples of January's mindset and lifestyle and also continues to foreshadow the remainder of the tale. The immense sexual imagery present during this extract reinforces January's marriage intentions, foreshadows the future and also includes a flair of comedy. The garden January built has been constructed especially to avoid any prying eyes and to achieve the utmost privacy as the garden is 'walled al with stone.' The impounding enclosure of the walls signifies and reinforces his sexual prowess and desire to 'menace (L.540)' ...read more.

Middle

The mythical gods which are introduced in this extract enables the reader to comprehend the sheer significance of the garden and reinforce the beauty. In particular, Proserpina and Pluto are especially significant later in the tale and their initial connection with the Garden at this position in the tale allows the reader to understand their domestic debate later featured which constitutes to the outcome of the entire tale. Arguably, one of the most predominant significance of this extract is the comparisons of January's private garden with the Garden of Eden. References have been made beforehand, likening the relationship and characters of January and May to Adam and Eve. The main difference between the two couples is Adam and Eve had sex after Eden whereas for January, his Garden has been built purely to satisfy his sexual desires. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also through the description of the garden the and the 'welle, that stood under a laurer alwey grene' 'Courtly Love' is explored and remains a highly comical literature devise throughout the tale. January and May's incompatibility is significantly challenged during this extract which bears an enormous relevance to the tale. The beautiful garden represents spring, which is astronomically associated with the month of May and also the character; therefore 'he [January] wolde paye his wyf hir dette in somer seson' significantly reinforces their incompatibility and makes way for the adultery. The extract, in relevance to the tale as a whole, provides an insight as to what will happen later on in the tale. Various sexual images and references including 'thinges whiche were nat doon abedde he in the gardyn parfourned hem' allows the reader to identify and relate this extract to the adulterous actions which later happen. ...read more.

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