The Cause Of Death In Chaucer's Tale Of Ceyx And Alycone

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Register to read the introduction… The Narrator lacks explanation for the king’s journey and the issue of Fate. Instead, the Narrator focuses on the queen’s state of mind, fixating on the grief and sleeplessness. The reader is unable to unmask the true reason behind the lady’s death, moreover, the fact of her death is somewhat disguised until the very end of the dream. Therefore, the knight’s grief and sorrow, not the lady’s death, becomes the subject of the poem. In doing so, Chaucer downplays the cause of death and focuses on the grief, in such; the Chaucerian consolation downplays the true reason for the Knight’s sorrow. In addition, this also gives indication that the consolation treats only the practical symptoms of sorrow. It in no way attempts to re-evaluate those causes in order to surpass the affliction, as would be the case with Boethian philosophy, instead looks at emotional paralysis as separated from its …show more content…
She states that the problem of consolation arises through the poem’s structure, in which the poem’s failure to treat its subject directly is no longer the problem, but exactly how it treats it indirectly, “how the structure of parallels and substitutions works, [and] where the emphasis lies,” become the problems (Philips 107).
Philips argues that the poem works by juxtaposition, she states the “juxtaposed elements are all so shaped and molded in the telling that they present the same pattern, the same shape of experience, to the reader” (Philips 109). Thus, the Knight, Alycone, and the lovesick Narrator, all present the same pattern of “long-drawn out, hopeless longing, threatening to overwhelm life itself,” who then come to a sudden recognition of finality that occurs in which the passage quickly comes to an end (Chaucer 1309, 2004-05,
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