Geoffrey Chaucer 's The Anglo Saxon Era Essay

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The Anglo Saxon time period was a time that included many compositions of middle and old English. Many of which were tales of King Arthur and the like. An author that stands out among the many through the Anglo Saxon era is Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer has forever gone down in history for his outstanding work using Middle English in Canterbury Tales. Canterbury Tales is a collection of twenty-four tales in which were collected, composed, and written by Chaucer. “Chaucer had all these incentives to write in French, but he chose instead to write in English, the language of Saxon England. As Sir Walter Scott pointed out, the Saxon language can name only barnyard animals on the hoof,” (Helterman). The reason in which Chaucer decided writing in French, the most practical language for the works, times, and scenario, was because he was intending on reaching out to a different audience. Reaching out to a different type of audience in his works was the main reasoning behind his alternate literary tool of satire. Satire can be described as a type of sarcasm that uses humor, irony, exaggeration, ect., to criticize a certain type of idea. This is very relevant for the works of The Prologue, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath’s Tale. In Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer uses satire to reach the intended audiences in The General Prologue and Tale through corruptness of the church, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale through the evil and obsession of money, and The Wife of…

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