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  • Satire In The Canterbury Tales Essay

    Throughout the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses different literary devices to develop tone and attitude about his character’s and their actions. Chaucer specifically satirizes the Miller in the General Prologue, Miller’s Prologue, and the Miller’s Tale to present his opposing views on education and religion by developing the Miller’s appearance, ignorance, and immaturity undesirably. Throughout literature, undesirable features are given to characters authors disdain, dislike, and satirize. In this case, Chaucer uses the General Prologue. Miller’s Prologue, and the Miller’s Tale to satirize the Miller’s physical appearance, offensive personality, and gruff mannerisms. In the General Prologue, Chaucer uses words such as “stout churl”, “Hardy”,“big…

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  • The Pardoner In The Canterbury Tales

    His job description alone reveals that he is not a pious man; in fact, he is rather the opposite. His personality is mainly depicted in the General Prologue through the description and satire of his job; this omission of a distinct non-physical description suggests how closely intertwined the Pardoner is with his work. His vocation alone suggests he is greedy, as well as sneaky, underhanded and unethical. His physical attributes embody his demeanor; he has a rat-like appearance and yellow hair…

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  • The Use Of Satire In The Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales. Chaucer uses satire throughout The Canterbury Tales in the General Prologue with the Monk, in the General Prologue with the Pardoner, and in The Wife of Bath’s Tale. Chaucer uses satire in The Canterbury Tales when he discusses the Monk in the General Prologue. One way in which Chaucer uses satire is when he describes his beliefs as agreeing with those of the Monk. “That was a text he held not worth an oyster And I agreed and said his views were sound”(pg. 102 lines 186-187).…

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  • Similarities Between The Prioress And The Canterbury Tales

    Analyzing these tales individually on a deeper level exposes the underlying themes of either hatred or conversion. These results are far different from what one would discover while examining the two tales together, for the similarities truly are remarkable, the most prominent of them all being both of the two wounded characters continuing to sing and preach of their faith. Additionally, taking a look at the tales in association with the general prologue helps the reader gain a better…

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  • Hypocrisy In The Canterbury Tales And The Pardoner's Tale By Chaucer

    These words are unambiguous with regards to the Pardoner’s view of religion and God; he is evidently using his position with the church as a means to trick and deceive people into thinking he has rebuked their sins for personal material gains. Furthermore, he is only interested in exploiting people who cannot see through his dishonesty. The pardoner in The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales is consequently a fraud. It is his job to trade pardons to acquire money for the church as it was the…

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  • Age And Immaturity In The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

    morals and his young son, the Squire, is described more by looks and hobbies. Older people are not to be described solely on looks but also on principles and beliefs. As an individual ages society as a whole intends to expect more out of said individual. The squire is presented as the young, jovial son of the paragon knight. Chaucer uses some clichéd characteristics of youth when he paints a picture of the Squire for his readers. Chaucer first gives readers the impression that the squire is…

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  • Use Of Satire In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    like there are today and it certainly wasn’t spoken by those who had any type of nobility of class. By writing his tales in English, Chaucer was able to reach his intended audience, the common people. He was then also known as the father of the English language. “Chaucer was saluted as the "Father of English Poetry.” Many modern readers know something about Chaucer 's most famous work, the Canterbury Tales, and its many outrageous characters, such as the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner,”…

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  • The Canterbury Tales Satire Analysis

    Satire Used In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (The Use of Juvenalian and Horatian Satire in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales) In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, he writes of many different characters, this includes a prologue of each describing themselves, and their tale they have to tell to the rest. It is quoted from a historical context, “Chaucer served in a variety of positions as diplomat and civil servant, including as a Member of Parliament, comptroller of customs, head of secret…

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  • How Is Satire Used In The Pardoner's Tale

    Hypocrisy is when someone teaches or preaches for the people to do one thing and then he turns around and does the exact opposite from what he taught. Chaucer directly attacks the church because he believe that the roots are the most corrupt parts of the church. He writes a story about a Pardoner who is supposed to be a good image for the church but is instead completely opposite from what he should be. When he is introduced in The General Prologue as well as in The Pardoners Prologue and Tale,…

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  • The Hypocrisy In The Pardoner's Prologue And Tale

    the same old text as bold as brass Radix malorum est cupiditas and thus I preach against the very vice I make my living out of—avarice”. The Latin he speaks of means Greed is the root of all evil. So this Pardoner preaches to all of the poor people telling them how greed is a bad thing and makes them feel as though they need to rid themselves of their money, and that is how the Pardoner makes his money. The Pardoner then goes on to tell a story where the moral is that greed kills. It is…

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