Geoffrey Robertson

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  • Characters And Irony In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    Geoffrey Chaucer, born in 1342, gained major recognition for his work on The Canterbury Tales. This book of poetry involves a collection of Tales of pilgrims going on a journey to the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket, as was a tradition at that time. Chaucer’s pilgrims represent people belonging to all the levels of status in the society of 14th century. Chaucer does not discriminate with his characters; rather presents a characteristically true picture of them. His presentation of characters is…

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  • Beowulf And The Wife Bath's Tale Analysis

    There is a certain point in our lives that each individual seeks for a change such as physical appearance or personality. Even though, these characteristics can sometimes influence who we are as we age, it doesn’t mean we won’t be the same person as we were while growing up. On the contrary, each one of us will still have the privilege to be remembered as the person we were during our childhood years among our loved ones. This same circumstance can also be demonstrated in the poems that are…

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  • The Exemplum In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    Throughout history, many have worked assiduously to grasp the true essence of society and the social hierarchy, but none have come close to Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Telling stories within a pilgrimage to Canterbury, Chaucer focuses his writing on the imperfections and blemishes of the church, the workforce, and even the common man. While The Canterbury Tales employs a variety of literary devices, the exemplum is the most prominent, utilizing examples to teach the reader lessons…

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  • Compare And Contrast Canterbury Tales

    Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales’ are some of the greatest works in literature. He takes thirty-one different characters of a pilgrimage and tells their stories from his perspective. He uses some of his characters as allegories or interpreted with hidden meanings. Two of the tales that are similar yet different are The Knight’s Tale and The Squire’s Tale. These two tales have the same underlying theme but the tone and saturation are different in their own respects. These two tales have…

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  • The Code Of Chivalry In Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur

    Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur tells of many adventures and stories from the Knights of the Round Table. Of those knights, readers are introduced to Sir Lancelot du Lac. Formally known as Galahad, Lancelot was the son of the French King Ban of Benwick and Elaine. When he was just a young boy, his mother left him for dead on the shore of a lake in the woods. There, he was taken in and raised by a magical goddess, known as the Lady of the Lake. She teaches Lancelot his amazing sword skills…

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  • The Corruption Of Characters In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    In literature,Chaucer was known for his great descriptions of characters due to his exposure in all things. In the Canterbury Tales, he portrayed the three most predominant classes during the fourteenth century. He especially did a great job during these tales to show the reader that not all people are good just because of their background. During the fourteenth century, the court was mostly not a good example, the common people were very unfriendly besides the Oxford Cleric and Plowman, and…

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  • Importance Of Corruption In The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

    Characterization has been the cornerstone of literature for centuries. Character presentation can attain any framework or shame. In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer uses thoughts and actions, to characterization of the Friar and the Monk to emphasize corruption in the Catholic Church. The monk is a religious character who is corrupt. Instead of reading on his cell, he prefers to go hunting. He also decides to wear decorative clothes instead of dressing in simple clothes. The Friar is…

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  • Don Quixote Chivalry

    Miguel de Cervantes’ universally known work, Don Quixote of the Mancha, uses zany characters and outrageous adventures to comment on the old art of chivalry and its absence from contemporary society. The protagonist of the tale, Don Quixote, and his squire, Sancho Panza, venture 17th century Spain following the codes of chivalry, as any Knight-errant should. Chivalry values loyalty, self-control, perseverance, generosity, respect, and honor. Though he cherishes chivalry, Don Quixote, ironically…

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  • King's Claudiocester: Unity And Harmony

    “to commemorate such great nuptial ceremonies, [Claudius] built the city which he called Claudiocester”: Unity and Harmony The roll-maker used women to prove a political point that peace, harmony and greatness could be expected from a king if he had a loving and supportive wife. Women were carefully selected by the roll-maker to exhibit this idea in a variety of differing scenarios. If women inspired their husbands to do great things, created successful lineages, had a useful heritage, or were…

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  • Corruption In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    At first, an indulgence was understood as a certificate given to a person by the Pope whose sins had been forgiven. While never being stated by the church themselves, many members of the clergy believed that Grace was simply achieved by purchasing an indulgence with money (Walter). Martin Luther said in regards to the selling of indulgences that, “If you can get someone out of purgatory for money, why would you not do so out of love?” (Baker). In simpler terms, during this time, money was the…

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