The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer Essays

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The Canterbury Tales, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, was originally written in Middle English during the Middle Ages. The story utilizes a frame narrative, a story within a story, and satire. The outer frame of The Canterbury Tales is the pilgrimage to Saint Thomas Becket’s shrine in Canterbury. This pilgrimage is taken by thirty pilgrims, including Chaucer the Pilgrim; these pilgrims represent the cross-section of all fourteenth century England, excluding serfs and royalty. The pilgrims meet at the Tabard Inn, located in Southwark outside London. Here the inner frame of The Canterbury Tales, the tales themselves, is proposed. The Host of the tales and Tabard Inn owner Harry Bailly suggests the idea of a tale-telling contest. He encourages the pilgrims to each tell two stories in each direction, four stories for each pilgrim. Harry Bailly is hoping to help the pilgrims prevent boredom during the long journey to and from Canterbury. Further, Harry Bailly defines the criteria for the winning tale: most entertaining and most moral tale. With Harry Bailly’s proposition, the final number of tales will be one hundred twenty, but Chaucer was able to write only twenty-four tales, two of which are only fragments. The winning tale’s teller will be treated to dinner at the Tabard Inn after the return by the losing pilgrims. One tale that Chaucer was able to complete before his death was the Miller’s Tale, which reveals Chaucer’s uncanny ability to match tale to teller. The Miller is…

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