Geoffrey Robertson

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  • The Prioress Vs Physician's Tale Analysis

    Tales of The Prioress vs. The Physician Have you ever sat around with a group of friends and just told stories to have a good time? That is basically the foundation of The Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1400s. Chaucer was known as a fantastic writer in his time. He got away with writing crude, violent and obscene tales by writing these tales as he “heard” them. He supposedly got the idea to write the The Canterbury Tales in a storytelling contest that was held during a…

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  • Geoffrey Chaucer's Influence On Religion

    Geoffrey Chaucer was born 1342 into a middle-class family in London. As a child he attended school and soon after began his career as a page for Countess, which was considered quite a good position and furthered his education. At the age of 17 he was sent abroad to fight for the King of Britain in France where he was captured and held prisoner for one year until the King paid his ransom (Chaucer xi). By 1367, he worked for the King himself, and was held in high regard (xii). The King sent…

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  • Arthur Symbolism In Scarlet Letter

    Arthur Dimmesdale, like Hester, is another important character who plays a significant role in the novel “The Scarlet Letter.” Also like Hester, Arthur Dimmesdale’s name can be linked back to his characteristics. The name “Arthur” is like the word “author” which is a word that can be linked to someone with intelligence (Lei). Nan Lei says the following statement about Dimmesdale “Graduated from a famous university in England, Arthur Dimmesdale is a holy clergyman with great religious…

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  • Feminism In The Pardoner's Tale

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer tells the story of a diverse and peculiar group of pilgrims. In the prologue, Chaucer the Narrator provides a description of these pilgrims, and a contest is proposed to help pass time on this long journey; each of the pilgrims were to tell a few tales, and the pilgrim with the best tale would get a prize. Although Chaucer did not finish writing all of the pilgrims' tales or name a winner of the contest, the tales told by the Miller, the Pardoner, the…

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  • King Arthur Chivalry Analysis

    Chivalry is not Dead (An analysis of chivalry as observed in the Arthurian texts, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Song of Roland, Perceval, and Morte D’Arthur) Chivalry is commonly known as being gentleman-like. If someone has chivalry, he is respectful and holds the door for people. But where does this idea of chivalry come from? Back in the middle ages, the Code of Chivalry was born with the rise of King Arthur and his Knights. Scholar Chantry Westwell states, “The epic tales of King…

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  • Essay On The Canterbury Tales

    There were many different elements in The Canterbury Tales that made Chaucer choose the stories he wanted to tell in the book. Originally in the book, there were many characters that decided to go to Canterbury to pray at a grave to ask for forgiveness or say thanks in some sort of way. On the way to Canterbury, the host of the pilgrims came up with a way to make the time pass by faster. He proposed that the pilgrims tell stories on the way, and the person with the best story, would get a prize…

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  • Magic Realism In Salman Rushdie's One Hundred Years Of Solitude

    Salman Rushdie’s Midnight's Children significantly shaped the course of Indian writing in English. This great work of art gave Rushdie a prominent position in the literary canon. He got a definite place in the readers‟ heart. Midnight's Children is a typical example of a postcolonial novel that integrates the elements of magic realism into it. The author‟s intentional use of magic realism helps in bringing out the surreal and unreal dimensions of the Indian subcontinent and thereby making it a…

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  • Theme Of Hunger For Power In The Crucible

    A reoccurring theme in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a hunger for power, authority and respect. We are introduced to characters in The Crucible who will do anything for the sense of authority or power, one of them being Reverend Parris. Reverend Parris is one of, if not the most, power-hungry characters in The Crucible because prior to the plot of the play, the audience learns he was greedy in his church, during the play the audience witnessed many moves made out of his need for authority, and…

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  • The Monkeys Pocket, By Leo Tolstoy, Contents Of A Dead Man's Pocket '

    Short Stories Essay One can often become caught up in greediness out of pure obsession, the strive for a better well being, or blatant curiosity. Greed is a very evident topic within the short stories, “How Much Land Does a Man Need”, by Leo Tolstoy, “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pocket” by Jack Finney, and “The Monkey's Paw’ by W.W Jacobs. Throughout these short stories, the main characters find themselves overfilled with greed, which is most responsible for their biggest downfalls. Some find…

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  • Humor In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnes

    In Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" he uses various comedic devices to create comedy; most noticeably melodrama and farce. These devices are used excessively in order to repeatedly address serious matters in a light-hearted manner; Wilde does this to create humour as opposed to offending his audience. Wilde deliberately wrote the play in this manner as he was fully conscious that his audience consisted of upper class Victorians. Throughout the play, Oscar Wilde articulately…

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