Rhetorical Analysis Of Chaucer 's Use Of Satire Essay

747 Words Nov 14th, 2016 3 Pages
Chaucer? Sarcastic? Never.
(An Analysis of Chaucer’s Use of Satire to Reach Intended Audience) “A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” As Stephen Colbert says, so Geoffrey Chaucer attempts to relay; how does one ever begin to understand so abstract a concept as holiness? Chaucer begins by trying to reach a certain group of people: the common people of England. In this way, Chaucer tries to use the languages of the time to relate to as wide an audience as possible. This involved using a language technique known as satire in order to relate his message in a simple, yet slightly comedic and critical way. Chaucer’s use of satire throughout the Canterbury Tales and beyond, allows him to reach the church, the nobility, and the peasantry. In order to reach the church, Chaucer uses a Juvenalian satire that ensures the church understands just how wrong the way they tended to operate was. As said in an article by the Biography Staff “ Despite its erratic qualities, The Canterbury Tales continues to be acknowledged for the beautiful rhythm of Chaucer’s language and his characteristic use of clever, satirical wit.”(Bio Staff) When Chaucer addresses the church, he addresses them with an unforgiving and biting satire, knowing this is the only way to get his message across to the authorities in the church. These figures controlled…

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