He knew of them more legends and more lives Than are of good wives written in the Bible. For trust me well, it is impossible That any cleric shall speak well of wives, 15 Unless it be of saints and holy lives, But naught for other women will they do. By God, if women had but written stories, As have these clerks within their oratories, They would have written of men more wickedness 20 Than all the race of Adam could redress. Therefore no woman by a clerk is praised.
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In the late 14th century England the traditional feudal system was changing as the church was losing its importance and more people were becoming part of the emerging middle class. All these characters provide excellent examples of the many omnipresent themes of the Middle Ages.
The prevailing values and themes of the Middle Ages included violence and revenge, religion and corruption, and social status and hierarchy. In this instance, not only a quick resort to violence is exhibited, but violence is used as revenge as the miller attacks Allan after realizing that he has slept with his wife.
Evidenced by this, violent tendencies were often the most common, and the most appropriate response. Yet another theme is the presence of religion, or more specifically, the presence of corruption within religion. Many members of the pilgrimage have ties to religious office, and all but the Parson have in some way violated their vows or otherwise acted somewhat out of their bounds as a high ranking member of the Church.
The Pardoner is not, however, the only immoral religious character involved in the pilgrimage. The Friar, for example, has broken his vows as a clerical member of the Church, most prominently his vow of chastity.
All of these aspects of church corruption in The Canterbury Tales eventually come down to a desire for pleasure and money, something that plagued the legitimacy of the Catholic Church and eventually led to the religious reformation.
Among the characters a sort of social hierarchy became quickly apparent in the midst of these many travelers.
A general character emerged that separated the pilgrims based upon their economic and social standings. There was a rather large contrast between the richest of the travelers and the poorest.
For example, the Franklin was an owner of a large estate and lavish personal goods. Although he is deeply in debt, his social status is still far higher than that of say, the Plowman.
The Plowman is one of the poorer members of the pilgrimage, but despite this he is one of the more cheerful and charitable members of the pilgrimage. Chaucer also weighs in on feudalism, the socioeconomic system of the time.
Chaucer seems to see feudalism as a system that divides people into the wealthy nobles and the poor laborers. Chaucer also seems to recognize the presence of a middle class that seems to rise out of feudalism. For example, the figure of a merchant who gains his wealth by his own accord, specifically money trading, and is almost entirely independent of the feudal system.
In short, Chaucer saw the social structure of his time and saw certain things he had disapproval of, but indeed, he saw some other parts of it as beneficial to the betterment of society.Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: Rhetoric and Gender in Marriage Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, rhetoric, gender, ethos, marriage, Wife of Bath, Clerk, Merchant ().1 Through these tale tellers Chaucer creates strong personalities, portraying their opinions and personal reflections regarding the institution of.
The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer Summary In April, with the beginning of spring, people of varying social classes come from all over England to gather at. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales can be a hard text to teach to students of any level.
Prologue, The Pardoner’s Tale,The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, The Wife of Bath Prologue, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale, and The Knight’s Tale, which I break into two sections. slide 3 of 6 Present an organized summary of the.
The Canterbury Tales consists of the stories related by the 29 pilgrims on their way to Saint Thomas Becket’s shrine in Canterbury. Harry Bailey, the Host, had proposed a scheme in the General Prologue whereby each pilgrim was to narrate two tales on the way to Canterbury and two more while returning.
Useful tales to look at might include The Miller's Tale, The Merchant's Tale, The Prioress' Tale, The Manciple's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale. 2 Choose one word (and its variants), and use it as a key to the interpretation of any one Tale.
The Canterbury Tales begin in April, as the narrator (Chaucer) begins a pilgrimage from the Tabard Inn at Southwerk to the famed Canterbury, where Sir Thomas a Becket, a martyr for Christianity, is supposedly buried. The General Prologue is a basic descriptive list of the twenty-nine people who.