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

Courtly Love and Damyan. Chaucer uses conventions of courtly love throughout the Canterbury Tales, and The Merchants Tale is no exception.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Courtly Love & Damian Chaucer uses conventions of courtly love throughout the Canterbury Tales, and The Merchant's Tale is no exception. As an elaborate code of conduct governing the actions and relations of aristocratic lovers in the 14th century, it is described satirically by Chaucer, who perhaps thought of the whole process as farcical. As well as Januarie being sarcastically described as a courtly lover, his squire Damian is also shown to take part in the process of courtly love. The typical courtly lover in the 14th century is one of high social class or nobility. While Januarie does not display the characteristics of a courtly lover (he picks out May from a market), as a noble knight he is of sufficient social stature to take part in the action of courtly love if he so chooses. ...read more.

Middle

The word "ravisshed" has more connotations of lust and sexuality than of pure love, which may give the reader a sense that he has a physical attraction towards her that is greater than any "true love" he might claim. However in the subsequent two lines he is described in a more genuine manner. Through the "verray peyne he was ny wood" which means that he was nearly going mad through the pain of not being with her. He also "Almost he swelte and swoned ther he stood" which means that he nearly passed out on the spot. While these may be gross exaggerations and therefore satirical points from Chaucer, they do perhaps point to a more genuine feeling of love from Damian toward May. Tatlock states in "Chaucer's Merchant's Tale" that Damian "lacks interest and sympathy". ...read more.

Conclusion

Instead of cherishing the love that Damian gives to her, she tears it up and puts it in the toilet. This could be seen as a mockery of the courtly love process, or more perhaps just the simple act of the disposal of evidence that would act as proof for Damian's love toward May. To conclude, there is no doubt of the fact that Damian indulges in many of the conventions of 14th century courtly love. Whether or not is was his place to be playing the role of a courtly love is open to debate, as too is the question of whether or not Chaucer is using Damian's character to directly mock the whole process. The fabliau nature of this particular tale may lead us to read it in the context that he is speaking about courtly love in a sarcastic manner, but as with every different story in the Canterbury Tales, that is open to interpretation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Raskino ...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. Quotes from the Miller's Tale

    realistic "The Millere is a cherl,ye knowe wel this"p32 Ironic statement as Chaucer has taken great

  2. Chaucer creates humour by satirising values in religious and courtly love. To what extent ...

    This not only creates humour in the audience's eyes as we see how dim-witted Januarie really is, but it also creates sympathy for the character as he cannot help how he is portrayed. Another example of the use of satire is the whole incident with Damien, May and Januarie and the adultery issue.

  1. Discuss how the concept of courtly love is represented in the Franklin's tale.

    This represents courtly love as more of a game, in that it doesn't last beyond marriage. This implies that the normal procedure, where the amn does gain mastery, is wrong and defies the point of love Of course Chaucer, via the Franklin, challenges this idea of courtly love which ends in mastery: [92] 'Love wol nat been constrened by maistrye'.

  2. Themes and Ideas in The Merchant's Tale

    In lines 99 to 103, the Merchant compares God's gift of a wife, to material possessions. The detailed nature of these lines 'wyf is Goddes yifte .. as londes, rentes, pasture or commune' shows how the Merchant, through the Knight explains the value of a wife is similar to that

  1. Chaucer's Irony - The Canterbury Tales

    However, while Chaucer perceives this as a positive trait to be proud of, one wonders whether it is not something that says a lot more about the kind of person the Friar is - he is not marked by meekness at all, and dresses with ostentatious extravagance whilst comparing himself to the Pope.

  2. Geoffrey Chaucer provides humor in many of the tales from Canterbury Tales.

    noise as great as a clap of thunder, so that Absalom was almost overcome by the force of it.

  1. The pardoners prologue and Tale show human nature to lack any redeeming virtues ...

    one another as 'bretheren' who are out to find and kill the 'false traytour death'; ironic as later on they will become false traitors themselves, plotting against and killing each other due to their greed. The novelle in which the pardoner uses in his sermon to illustrate how sinning ultimately

  2. The Triangulation of Love in The Knights Tale

    For the majority of the story, Emily?s role is only as the third point in the love triangle?the object of desire. At the same time, Emily?s own ambivalence toward her suitors keeps her equidistantly removed from both men. Emily wants to remain a virgin and not marry either one, because

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