Thus, the structure of The Canterbury Tales itself is liminal; it not only covers the distance between London and Canterbury, but the majority of the tales refer to places entirely outside the geography of the pilgrimage.
He begins the storytelling with a long romantic epic about two brave young knights who both fall in love with the same woman and who spend years attempting to win her love. She is frank and forthright in her opinions and believes in leading an enjoyable life.
Hoping for something more uplifting next, the Host gives the Cleric his chance, reminding the young scholar not to be too scholarly and to put in some adventure.
Both tales seem to focus on the ill-effects of chivalry—the first making fun of chivalric rules and the second warning against violence. She wears a riding skirt round her large hips and a pair of sharp spurs on her heels.
There have been sons of noble fathers, she argues, who were shameful and villainous, though they shared the same blood. On the basis of relatively little evidence of the alchemist's honesty, the priest forgets his vows and comes to accept the alchemist's pretensions. And though the friars rape women, just as the incubi did in the days of the fairies, the friars only cause women dishonor—the incubi always got them pregnant.
In fact the majority of the parish ecclesiastics were totally uneducated and incompetent men. Finally, says the Wife, some say that women most want to be considered discreet and secretive, although she argues that such an answer is clearly untrue, since no woman can keep a secret.
Her family may be poor, but real poverty lies in covetousness, and real riches lie in having little and wanting nothing. Chaucer, the Narrator, observes all of the characters as they are arriving and getting acquainted.
This can be seen in his cast of characters. The earthy Wife of Bath is chosen as the next participant, probably because the Host suspects that she will continue in the same bawdy vein. Chaucer did not finish writing this story; it stops almost at the beginning.
It was common for pilgrims on a pilgrimage to have a chosen "master of ceremonies" to guide them and organise the journey. The two are married in a small, private wedding and go to bed together the same night. But as he approaches, the group vanishes, and all he can see is an ugly old woman.
The knight sets forth in sorrow. The Friar allows sinners to pay him for forgiveness when they are unable to show remorse for their sins. She thinks highly of herself and loses all patience if anybody dares to precede her in making an offering.
She is a skilled weaver who even surpasses the weavers of Ypres and Ghent. The Yeoman answers immediately that his master knows much about mirth and jollity, and then he begins to tell the secrets of their trade and all he knows about alchemy.
She says that men can only guess and interpret what Jesus meant when he told a Samaritan woman that her fifth husband was not her husband. It ends with an apology by Boccaccio, much like Chaucer's Retraction to the Tales.
Some claim that women love money best, some honor, some jolliness, some looks, some sex, some remarriage, some flattery, and some say that women most want to be free to do as they wish.
When his day of judgment draws near, the knight sorrowfully heads for home. When she does tell her tale, it is about the marriage of a young and virile knight to an ancient hag.
Chaucer uses satire in the descriptions of the pilgrims in the "General Prologue" of The Canterbury Tales to reveal corruption in the Church that was prevalent in society. He replies that he could hardly bear the shame of having such an ugly, lowborn wife.The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories by Geoffrey Chaucer that was first published in + free ebooks online.
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The Wife's fame derives from Chaucer's deft characterization of her as a brassy, bawdy woman—the very antithesis of virtuous womanhood—who. “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer is a robust, playful satire written in the 14 th century. This humorous story picks out the bawdy and inappropriate behavior of the time-period and uses a story inside a story inside a story to poke at the hypocrisy inherent in topics that might never have been allowed to be.
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