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University Degree: Geoffrey Chaucer
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of love, with the Wife of Bath starting the count, relating love to mere appearances and for sexual pleasure, rebelling against male ideology and depicting love and marriage as a power struggle to have 'sovereyntee' over their husbands. This of course scandalized the Clerk- he was unworldly and an ascetic, he "looked holwe and therto sobrely", and thus he becomes the mantle of a corrector of false views about love and matrimony after the Friar and Summoner and gives a view of love as pure and sacrificial, with Griselda as the epitome of patience and ungrudging obedience.
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A woman named Cecilia Chaumpaigne bailed him out (Beidler 6). Once again, Chaucer would have had much reason to hold women in high regard. Chaucer's "Wife of Bath's Tale" is an instrument for arguing in favor of female sovereignty and exposing the injustices of inequality. Within the framework of the larger story, Alison's tale allows Chaucer to disguise himself, further distancing himself from being the author of the overall work. He convinces the audience that Alison is the author of the tale, such that he might effectively make his feminist argument.
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This made a tale subject to change, dependent on the teller's culture, values, and the desired moral lesson to be taken away by the listener. However, it was only when oral folklore was transcribed on paper that fairy tales solidified into a genre. The reader of modern fairy tales brings to the experience a mind already well populated by stock character types. As in the tabloid press, the doings of the royals are featured, princesses are beautiful, and princes are handsome.
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The linguistic techniques and literary content used in both pieces has considerably been affected the purpose, audience and genre. I wrote 'Keeping Mum' with the anticipation for it to be performed on stage. By leaving the piece free of stage directions, I felt the audience and actors would be able to interpret the character in a more fascinating way. I felt the language and techniques used are substantial enough to allow the reader to readily anticipate the characters appearance and paralinguistics similarly but do allow a degree of individual interpretation which in my opinion makes it more appealing.
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In The Waste Land, however, he went beyond the Imagist technique: while he still collected stark images of the modern world, juxtaposed with speakers' memories of a glorious past, he realised the limitation of writing a treatise for the world purely based on one image - instead, he created a series of images, fragments, and placed them together. With the release of the original manuscript to the poem in 1971, information to back up this idea of fragmentation in all aspects of The Waste Land came to light: "From the marked differences in handwriting, paper and typescript, the manuscripts reveal
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With special reference to The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, would you describe Chaucer as a feminist writer?
Understanding Chaucer's lifestyle and occupations can help to increase the understanding and intention of his work. Chaucer experienced many cultures, and also people from a range of classes and professions. He was also married to a knight's daughter, a person of higher socio-economic status than himself. Chaucer also came into contact with a lot of powerful women throughout his life and this could have had an impact on the way he viewed women within his society. Therefore, it is difficult to assume that he would be unable to avoid those influences and it is doubtful that they did not contribute to his work.
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To come to such a conclusion I will refer heavily to the General Prologue of the Tales. In order to understand Chaucer's position when writing the Canterbury Tales (C.T.) I shall first look at the way in which he uses religion within the text then politics. Paying attention to the way in which he affects historical relevance through devices such as poetic effect and form. Estate Satire was the way in which Chaucer divided up society into three common groups, these being nobility, clergy and commoners.
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