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  1. Chaucer not only ridicules tale conventions of courtly love but challenges the concept of love itself" "The Merchants tale" like many of the tales within "The Canterbury Tales"

    At the beginning, January's words connotates marriage as either sexual "whan him lust" has lead him to find a woman of "fair schap and fair visage" or as a religious connotation "to lede in ease and holynesse his lyf". Despite the sexual and religious connotations of this passage, there is no simple connotation of the most important element of a marriage, simply love. Chaucer ridicules this passage as January, does not attempt to adhere to the usual courtly romance procedure meaning he is not in love but merely in love with "beaute" and "fair schap".

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  2. "It is difficult for the modern reader to enjoy a tale that is so consistently hostile to women" Using lines 1 - 30 as a starting point and including an examination of at least two other passages, say how far you agree with this view.

    Chaucer expresses these views thoroughly throughout "The Merchant's Tale" by effectively using the narrative voice of the Merchant. The very first passages of the poem express the negative view the Merchant; "I have a wyf, the worste that may be; ... She is a shrewe at al" Where he explains the bad luck he has had with his wife and the "sorwe..we wedded men liven in". Obviously the Merchant is extremely cynical of the female populous and these opinions are focused greatly in his talk of love and marriage, which are the key features of "The Merchant's Tale".

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  3. Chaucer's Depiction of the Clergy.

    By owing these dogs she violated the vow of poverty but the most apparent item that she owns is a gold broche that and leads the reader to believe that she was not entirely devoted to the church. Chaucer spent a great deal of time explaining how she was extremely obsessed with her etiquette, that hints to the reader that she is more suited to be a beloved lady rather than a nun. In the days of Chaucer, women used excellent etiquette to attract and keep lovers.

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  4. Character Analysis: The Clerk In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.

    In the general prologue the portrait of the Clerk fiercely contrasts that of the Merchant (Rossignol, ). The Merchant's opulence and acquisitiveness allow one to more ably notice the Clerk's poverty and devotion to "enriching his mind rather than his pocketbook" (Rossignol, ). The Clerk is introduced by mention of the near-emaciated thinness of both he and his horse. His clothing was threadbare and his face was gaunt (Chaucer, Prologue to The Canterbury Tales). The Clerk's appearance gives tangible evidence of where his priorities lay (Rossignol, ).

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  5. Medieval literature. There ware many famous medieval authors John Gower- Confesso Amantis William Langland- Piers Plowman Julian of Norwich- Revelations of love But by far the most famous was Geoffrey Chaucer

    is called his Italian period because during this time his works were modelled primarily on Dante and Boccaccio. Also among the works of this period are the unfinished Legend of Good Women, a poem telling of nine classical heroines, which introduced the heroic couplet (two rhyming lines of iambic pentameter) into English verse; To Chaucer's final period, in which he achieved his fullest artistic power, belongs his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales (written mostly after 1387). This unfinished poem, about 17,000 lines, is one of the most brilliant works in all literature. The poem introduces a group of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St.

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

    The impounding enclosure of the walls signifies and reinforces his sexual prowess and desire to 'menace (L.540)' May which can also be construed to consider January's tendency for sexual violence. The introduction of Priapus, God of Gardens yet also personification of the erect phallus is ironic and is a comedic devise used to signify the importance of the garden as neither could 'telle the beautee of the gardyn and the welle.' The significance of the key and gate represent January and May respectively as the key to the garden, carried only by January signifies his desire to keep May to himself, allowing no one else to have access to her as she represents the 'smale wiket' which January was able to unlock when he wished.

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  7. Geoffrey Chaucer: The Nun's Priest's Tale - Write About The Ways In Which Chaucer Presents Chauntecleer's Dream?

    The focus is not on the action (Chauntecleer's capture by the fox) but on who is correct. Is Chauntecleer's position on dreams correct or is Pertelote's? The extensive discussion of the dream steers the story away from the "moral" of Chauntecleer's vanity. Chaucer uses numerous diverse techniques in-order to present chauntecleer's dream to the audience; I feel that he presents his dreams very successfully. For instance in the opening line, the use of a discourse marker is extremely effective, 'and so bifel', it immediately catches the readers attention.

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  8. Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath - review

    "Today's woman" is one who is powerful and equal in all ways to her sexual partner, which is "today's man." She works outside the home, pursuing an emotionally and financially profitable career, and she is no longer a virgin by the time she gets marry, and usually she has several sexual experiences before ever meeting the man she will marry. Financial independence is something women often struggle to achieve, often choosing it to precede a family and husband. Sexuality is a thing that is no longer considered of greatest privacy, but rather is discussed in close detail with most women's close associates, if not all.

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  9. With careful attention to the language and style, discuss the effects of the writing in this passage. How far do you think the passage is characteristic of the tale as a whole?

    Furthermore the use of a semantic field prevails the medieval romance story. The words, 'traisoun, espie, ravished and flaterie' all identify the situation chauntecleer is in. In the following section, the audience is addressed, thus you can see that the style of writing has changed somewhat. The narrator, the priest interrupts his own story in making reference and issuing warnings. You can see this very clearly; the section begins, 'allas', the negative discourse marker builds up tension showing something is about to happen.

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  10. Discuss the ways in which Chaucer introduces the character of The Knight to the reader in "Cantebury Tales"

    He was considered in high regard because of his personal attributes. The Knight was modest and courteous. The description of battles he fought in (the Knight's modesty stops him from boasting) show the Knight to be brave and loyal. The Imagery used adds to our impression of the Knights persona. All imagery used gives us glimpses of the Knight's triumphs in the battlefield and the Christian conquests that he played a part in. This creates an image of the Knight being not only a great warrior but also a warrior of virtue (a true Christian, putting his religion before his life).

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  11. Canterbury Tales.

    A good example of his chivalry is within the first three (3) pages of the novel. Theseus encounters the older women who are mourning over the deaths of their husbands and Creon refuses to bury their bodies. Theseus being not only chivalrous but a "ladies man," shows pity for the women and agrees to return their husbands bodies to them. He is able to win the hearts of the women by risking his life for the bodies of their dead husbands. This shows his chivalry, he does the right thing and also adds another place to his list of "wins."

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  12. Chaucer the Great.

    Chaucer lived a good life in the early and mid 1300's and he even had great political careers but, his late years would be a little bit grimmer than his early years. First, Chaucer was born in the early 1340's in London England to his mother and father Agnes and John Chaucer. He was really known well for his writings, "Widely known as the "Father of English Poetry," Chaucer is considered the foremost representative of middle English literature" (Disc.

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  13. Canterbury General Information.

    U.K ON FOOT Guided tours operated by the Canterbury Guild of Guides leave daily from the Canterbury Visitor Information Centre. To find it, follow the black and gold signposts. Groups please telephone: 01227 459779. BY BICYCLE Canterbury has a network of safe cycle routes, all of which connect with the city centre. For the more adventurous, there are signposted long-distance cycle routes along country lanes - one towards Dover and one towards Folkestone and the Channel Tunnel. You can also ride to Whitstable following some of the route of the famous 'Crab & Winkle Line'.

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  14. "A heavily satirical portrait" Discuss with reference to the description of the Prioress in "The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales."

    He then informs us that "hir greeteste oath was but by seint Loy." Another sin as far as nuns are concerned but this may have been overlooked in its ironic gesture, swearing by a saint who never swore himself. Chaucer gives the Prioress a name, "Egletine" and once again presents us with the antithetical nature of this nun. Egletine is not a the name of a saint1 but that of both a wild rose and the name of a heroine in a romance story. The name itself connotes the whimsical nature of the prioress as well as highlighting just how ill-suited she is to ecclesiastical life.

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  15. Compare and Contrast Two of the Pilgrims and State Which You Prefer and Why. What do we learn from medieval England?

    Her real name is Madame Eglentyne and is one of the most fully described pilgrims. As you read down the page he talks about her portrait being more concerned with how she eats than how she prays. He describes her as "She leet no morsel from hir lippes falle, Ne wette hir fyngres in hir sauce depe; Wel joude she sarie a morsel and wel kepe That no drope ne fille upon hire brest." He is saying that she never let a crumb fall from her mouth and that she never got her fingers dirty when dipping things in her sauce.

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  16. The Canterbury Tales.

    Greed captured the lives of these men. It evan. went so far as to killing them. They had pledged their life to one another and were set out to kill death. "They made their bargain, swore with appetite, These three, to live and die for one another As brother-born might swear to his born brother. And up they started their drunken rage . . . 'If we can only catch him, death is dead!'"

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss differences in effect and structure created by the first-person narration in Dante's The Inferno, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

    "In conclusion, it can be seen that Dante and Chaucer choose to employ first person narration for vastly different reasons. In the case of The Inferno, this perspective is ideal for the introduction of humanistic literary techniques and an increase in the importance of individual characterisation above role and gender stereotypes. It also increases the elements of adventure, as we are very close to Dante and the unfolding events. Ultimately, it serves to heighten the solo hope and futility of his epic quest (although not travelling alone, his destination is ultimately a personal one), while enriching the journey with the detail of characterisation and the characterisation of personally perceived detail. Chaucer, on the other hand, has far more mischievous motivations, and employs the first person perspective throughout his many tales in order that the characters get a fair chance to present themselves and that we get a fair chance to judge them. He relishes the fact that, given enough rope, they will inevitably satirise themselves to a degree that cannot be argued with."

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