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and his/her tale. What was the underlying motive for the storyteller telling his/her tale? Chaucer's masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, is the most famous and critically acclaimed work of Geoffrey Chaucer, a late-fourteenth-century English poet. Little is known about Chaucer's personal life, and even less about his education, but a number of existing records document his professional life. Chaucer was born in London in the early 1340s, the only son in his family. The Canterbury Tales is written...

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Mia Gennarelli September 28, 2010 3rd Block The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer was famous for his Canterbury Tales. I am selecting actors and actresses in which I believe would best fit four of Chaucer’s pilgrims’ personalities. Elizabeth Taylor, Gordon Ramsey, Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder, and Atticus Shaffer will be playing the roles of the Wife of Bath, the Cook, the Nun, and the Oxford Cleric Elizabeth Taylor will be playing the role of the wife of bath. She, like the wife of bath...

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The Canterbury Tales is a piece written by Geoffrey Chaucer sought out to accomplish various goals. Chaucer wrote his tales during the late 1300’s.  This puts him right at the beginning of the decline of the Middle Ages.  Historically, we know that a middle class was just starting to take shape at this time, due to the emerging commerce industry. Chaucer was able to see the importance and future success of the middle class, and wrote his work with them in mind.  Knowing that the middle class was...

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Though the characters in the Canterbury Tales are described vividly and often comically, it is not necessarily true that these characters are therefore stereotypes of The Middle ages. The intricate visual descriptions and the tales the characters tell help to direct the reader in finding a more accurate and realistic picture of the pilgrims, bringing into question the theory that Chaucer was just collating stereotypes from his time. The fact that there is one representative for each of the...

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Essay Test In The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, each character, such as the Pardoner, Wife of Bath, and the Franklin, epitomizes their spirit and reputation through the tales they tell. The Pardoner uses his tale as a gimmick to make money, because he is a greedy man. The way his tale illustrates each sin, every listener can relate to the three brothers and feel their guilt. The Wife of Bath’s Tale expresses her own values in the way the Knight is given a second chance after raping the...

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Literature November 9, 2012 Revenge is Sweet – Affairs are Sour The Reeve’s and Miller’s Tale contradict each other in many ways towards the characters ambitions and personalities. The Miller and Reeve try to get revenge on each other by insulting one another through these parables. The main themes in these stories are as follows: jealousy, revenge, and trickery. Jealousy is shown in the Reeve’s Tale because the scholars and the miller try to get even with each other throughout the entire story...

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims. The Canterbury Tales, the work stands as a historical and sociological introduction to the life and times of the late Middle Ages. he was familiar with and was accepted by the lower classes as well as by the higher classes; thus, throughout his life, he was able to observe both the highest...

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 Fall 2013 Paper Number 1: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales-The Wife of Bath The Wife of Bath is a character that Chaucer presents as an attractive female in its prologue. She is a headstrong and very self-confident woman of her time who thinks highly of herself. Chaucer’s descriptions of her facial and bodily features are sexually suggestive. In the Prologue, Chaucer's narrative involves her physical appearance describing her clothes, legs, feet, hips, and her...

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The Canterbury Tales Essay Planner Thesis: Chaucer uses ironic descriptions of the characters in the "Prologue to the Canterbury Tales" to voice his opinion on social problems that are on the rise in the mid 1300's. Implications include greed, the loss of chivalry and the lack of loyalty to the church. These implications are easily illustrated by Chaucer using what you would expect from these certain characters and twisting those expectations to form a completely opposite person. Greed:...

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THE CANTERBURY TALES STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS Prologue 1. In lines 1-18 (which are all one sentence), identify the time and the author’s main point. April; the main point is that according to the poet, people long to go on a pilgrimage in the Spring. 2. Why does the urge to go on pilgrimage hit people in the spring? Winter is over; it’s time for renewal. 3. Who is at the inn? Who arrives at the inn? What is the central idea? (Look in ll. 19-28). The narrator is at the inn; twenty-nine pilgrims...

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