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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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In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, A band of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury take turns telling stories. The main characters of each pilgrim’s tale face their reckoning and whether they are punished or absolved; their judgment is specific to the pilgrim who told the tale. The Knight from the Wife of Bath’s tale is judged and forgiven when and the three men from the Pardoner’s tale meet their end when they let greed, what the Pardoner calls the root of evil, impair their judgment. The...

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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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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 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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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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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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The Good and Bad in the Canterbury Tales In Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, Canterbury Tale, life in fourteenth-century England is realistically and satirically exposed. Through the Knight, Parson, and Summoner, Chaucer portrays the good and bad people in fourteenth-century England. The Knight represents the chivalry during this time, whereas the Parson represents the God-fearing, respectable people. Although there were many good people in England, Chaucer also shows many bad ones such as the Summoner...

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Chaucer begins The Nun's Priest's Tale by describing a simple widow and her two simple daughters. They own a barn where a magnificently handsome cock with a beautiful and accurate "cock-a-doodle-doo". Here, his seven wives also live; his favorite is the most beautiful Pertelote. He one day speaks to her about a dream. In this dream, a fox eats Chanticleer, the cock, and Chanticleer now worries that it may come true. Pertelote does not believe in this predestination and gives her argument. She...

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The Canterbury Tales Big Brother Story When applying the show Big Brother with the story The Canterbury Tales choosing the right characters to intermingle in a household is very difficult. The eight characters I have chosen to live in a household together are The Knight, The Friar, The Squire, The Nun, The Cook, The Wife of Bath, The Manciple, and The Summoner. I believe that the chosen characters will make a very interesting and dramatic show. The first character I have chosen is The Knight...

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