Chaucer's Retraction

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  • Chaucer's Retraction In The Canterbury Tales

    takes authorship of his work. In his “Retraction”, he raises the most controversy regarding the different intents of different authorships. Chaucer suggests that the intent of the author is not valid, but rather up to the moral interpretation of the reader. At the end of his The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s “Retraction” is meant to serve as a request for prayer and to emphasize the satirical nature of his work that he is not to blame for. He has nothing to feel guilty about. Chaucer reiterates from the “General Prologue” through to his “Retraction” that his simple purpose is to retell the tales of the pilgrims, thus he is to be excused and not held accountable…

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  • Mythic Story Tellers In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    went through and changed it I’m sure they altered it a little bit to fit their society or the people around them. Also the Canterbury tales have changed in the way of many authors creating books with many stories in one. They have created this idea from the Canterbury tales. For example, “The Canterbury Tales, in any case, and would certainly have encountered the Decameron at least indirectly, if not in its pristine form” (The Canterbury/121). The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio is more…

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  • Kissing The Pardoner Analysis

    Burger's article “Kissing the Pardoner” asserts that the Pardoner is an instrumental element of redefining social and political constructions, specifically those of Chaucer’s time. He criticizes other writers who propose that the pardoner is a kind of present “absence” that opposes coquettish feminity, or that he is too extreme in flouting any sort of categorization. On the face of the Pardoner’s image, the reader receives a clear binary when he’s interacting with Harry Bailey, effeminate and…

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  • The Parson Depicted In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    For example, chastity can guard against lust. The Parson wraps up his tale with the encouraging news that if you confess your sin and are truly sorry, you will then reach satisfaction. This way, he says, you will be at peace. He uses the sun as the base of his image of paradise, which is the peace that comes from rising above sin. Chaucer's Retraction This section comes directly after the end of 'The Parson's Tale.' Here, Chaucer (speaking in first person) urges his readers to carefully…

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  • Analysis Of The Nun Priest's Tale

    confession. Confession is where the sinner reveals truthfully his/her sins to the priest. The Parson preaches the importance of penitence and confession. He then goes on to talk about the seven deadly sins along with ways to repent. He speaks of pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. In the last part go the sermon the Parson places an image of the Seven Deadly Sins as a tree. Pride is the trunk of the tree and the other sins are the branches of the tree. Basically the parson is…

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