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The Wife of Bath

In the tale of Wife of Bath, Chaucer has well depicted the role of women in the middle age period. This poem was instructive and pleasing because although most women were viewed and treated as objects rather than being respected by men, Chaucer shows another viewpoint through the Wife of Bath, a feminist view that…

The Prioress Tale

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of tales during the medieval period that presents different stories of traveling pilgrims from various social degrees and culture. The characters’ life in these collective stories revolves around the beliefs, behaviors, and diverse political system of the three main societal estates and class divisions: the church,…

The Merchant’s Tale

The use of the word ‘but’ in line 843 is the first signal to the audience that there is going to be a significant change within Januarie’s fortune. Up until this point he has been considerably lucky; he is described as a ‘worthy knight’ who has ‘lived in greet prosperitee’ and has been married to…



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Chaucer is Successful in Creating Humour in the Wife of Baths Prologue and Tale

Chaucer was born in 1343, and was known for his renowned collection of the Canterbury tales. A group of pilgrims of different social ranks travelled to Canterbury, each telling their tale on the remarkable journey. From the Tabard Inn to the shrine of St Thomas á Becket which lay in Canterbury, they made a pact…

The Clerk’s Tale

This illustrates that January is seeing a ‘reflection’ of the ideal of marrying a beautiful maiden – though not a reflection of his own physical appearance, which later detracts from May’s comfort in their wedding bed. The Merchant neglects to mention her parentage and under what pretences she actually came to marry January, whose presentation…

The Triangulation of Love in The Knights Tale

In “The Knight’s Tale,” the first story of The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer uses the triangle to investigate the abstract complexity of life’s most powerful emotion—love. Since “love is law unto itself,” it can be a challenge to examine its erratic nuances critically. Yet Chaucer, through the symbolic geometry of a triangle, masterfully establishes a…

The Franklin’s Tale

Nature can be perceived as a fundamental theme in Chaucer’s writing during certain parts of The Franklin’s Tale. It can be conveyed as a positive or negative aspect of the characters surroundings. Dorigen’s castle stands “faste by the see. ” The sea is significant to Dorigen’s feelings in several different ways. The unpredictable and commanding…

The Merchant’s Tale

“The merchant’s tale presents a thoroughly cynical view of women and marriage” How far do you agree off such a statement as an accurate general description of the Merchant’s Tale. It is true to say that the merchant presents a thoroughly cynical view of women and marriage but it is not an accurate general description…

The Miller’s Tale

The portrait of Alison is built up with touches of fine detail and vivid colour in her introduction to the reader. Her picture is developed by a succession of striking images that are unusual in their homeliness and exciting too in their appropriateness – the blossom in spring “the newe pere-jonette tree”, a newly minted…

Atwood presents women in the novel?

  Atwood includes in the novel Offred as a young child watching her mother burning pornographic magazines because she wants her readers to question how far the women in the society at the time the novel was set involved in creating the Gilead regime; feminists takes part in activities such as campaigning against pornographic materials…

The Miller’s prologue and Tale

In lines 493-548, John, the carpenter, carries out the instructions given to him by Nicholas. The extract is important to the tale as it furthers the plot, shows Chaucer’s attitude towards the action, shows Chaucer’s skill as a writer, heightens the realism of the tales setting and gives a clear presentation of John. The extract,…

Women and feminism raised in The Handmaids Tale

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaids Tale was written in 1986 when the feminist movement was happening, the word feminism is hard to really define into one term but it is usually recognised as meaning equal rights for women. The first wave of feminism happened in the 19th century and this was about sexual division in…

The Handmaids Tale

Explore the ways Atwood presents the ideas of freedom and imprisonment in The Handmaids Tale. “The Handmaids Tale” is set in a dystopia. This suggests a society where everything is wrong. However, this is clearly not the case in Gilead. There are aspects of the society, which are unjust, but equally there are certain facets…

How does Chaucer present the Miller in The prologue to the Miller’s Tale?

Chaucer wrote a portrait of the Miller in the general prologue of the Canterbury tales. In this, the Miller is described as an extremely well built man with broad shoulders and large muscles. He has red hair, with a large beard and a wart upon his nose. Chaucer uses colour symbolism in the portrait; he…

The Handmaids Tale

This book is a depiction of an anti-utopian future society, along with others like ‘1984’ and ‘Brave New World’. It combines a futuristic reality, feminism and politics to create a very detailed novel considering many different aspects of ‘Gilead’. ‘Offred’ is the complex lead character who draws us into the seemingly perfect but corrupt world…

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