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GCSE: Geoffrey Chaucer
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Chaucer set the style for such works (for some imitations click here). His first audience, hearing the opening lines of the General Prologue, may well have thought they were about to hear another elegant poem on aristocratic love. Indeed, the opening lines seem to echo the most famous dream vision of the time, Le Roman de la rose, which Chaucer translated into English as The Romaunt of the Rose, one of his first surviving works: That it was May thus dremed me In time of love and jollite That al thyng gynneth waxen gay For there is neither busk nor hay In May that it nyl shrouded ben, And it with new leves wryen.
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What are the arguments of the Wife of Bath in relation to marriage? How do you integrate her Prologue and her story into a coherent whole?
as long as "[her] housbonde is fro the world agoon" (line 53) - according to her idea, it is of "no repreve" (line 90) and "withouten exception of bigamye" (line 92) to "wedde if that [her] make [dies]" (line 91). Despite the advices from other men, who "[keep on] [conseiling] [her] to be oon" (line 72), she is convinced that she does the right thing as there is no law that forbids her marrying, and whether to marry is up to her "owene juggement" (line 74)
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(But surely that was his imagination-the linen had been washed already.) He had told the truth about them not having a quarrel, hadn't he? (He prided himself on being an honest man, he often told his son how important it was not to lie, see what happened to Pinocchio's nose.) And even now when the boy asked him where Mama was, he didn't say she had gone on a trip, as some of his friend's wives had advised him. "I don't know", he rejoined. And when the boy's thin face would crumple he held him in his lap awkwardly and tried to stroke his hair, like he had seen his wife do, but he couldn't bring himself to say what the boy needed to hear "She'll be back soon."
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How do Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence portray relationships between men and women in "Her Turn" and "To Please His Wife"?
We are told his 'naivety' makes him popular with the neighbouring women in 'spite of their prudery'. This shows that despite the woman's preconceptions, they can still find a man to be 'suitable'. He treats her with respect and gives her the money she needs for the housekeeping. We are told his 'wife did well' because he gives her money, but he does only give it to her when he himself doesn't need it, proving he is the priority in the relationship. She is described as doing 'well' from him, which indicates that other people's relationships are not as good as theirs.
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