Love In The Canterbury Tales Analysis

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Love is an intense feeling that is highly critical to human life. Everyone has their own beliefs and knowledge about who and what to cherish. Geoffrey Chaucer demonstrates the different ways the people fall in love in The Canterbury Tales. It was written in the year of 1400, which was the most well-known piece of writing in medieval English that Chaucer wrote (Nikolopoulos). The Canterbury Tales begin with the general prologue with the arrival of spring, where the narrator describes the blooming of flowers and the birds singing. During this season of the year, English pilgrims would set off on their journey to the holy shrines. On their voyage, all the travelers hold a storytelling contest to pass the time, and the winner of the contest would …show more content…
The tale is more of a comedy love triangle that ends very bitterly. “The egregiously foolish husband is a knight; the humble love is a squire presumably training for knighthood” (Schlauch 206). The Knight named January carried on with his life nobly for six years without a wife. When he turned sixty, he decided that he will at last get married to a young, beautiful, woman no older than twenty years old (Crook et.al 1251). January’s right hand man was named Damian, he was requested to find a young woman for January to marry (Crook et. al 1267). When discovered May, he already had a strong connection with her. However, she married January and Damian could not let her go. They decided to have a meeting out the garden while January was being fooled by May (Crook et. al 2137). She instructed him to bend over while she climbed up in the tree to meet with Damian to do their business (Crook et.al 2210). “Damian is so perfect an illustration of the courtly love lover that he loses individuality because of the conventional nature of all his reactions” (Holman 246). Since he is blinded from beauty he betrays his friend January and has an affair with May without considering the consequences he will confront in the …show more content…
“The existence of biblical parody in the Miller’s Tale has received increasing recognition in recent years…” (Kaske 479). This story was one of the funniest that Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in this Canterbury Tales. In the story, there is an old and jealous man called John, who married a young eighteen year old girl named Alison. They rent a room to an astrologer named Nicholas. As expected, Alison and Nicholas soon fall in love with each other. Nicholas comes up with an arrangement where he will trick John that the village would be flooded and he will have to visit Noah in the Bible in order to survive (Crook et. al 3540). John idiotically goes out and begins his preparations for the flood, while at the same time Alison and Nicholas are making love that night (Crook et. al 3285). However, Absalon also in love with Alison finds out that John is not at home and climbs to her window requesting a kiss (Crook et.al 3697). Alison rejects and instead stuck her butt in the window for Absalon to kiss while letting out a massive fart in his face (Crook et.al 3756). Coming back for revenge, Absalon demands for another kiss; however Nicholas opens the window and sticks his buttocks out and lets some gas. Recovering rapidly Absalon burns Nicholas’ butt cheek and causes him to be in pain while awakening John from his sleep with his preparations for the flood (Crook et. al 3812). As for the

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