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  • Criticism Of The Church In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales was written in the 1400s by a man named Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer’s work was written in Middle English, was considered the “father” of English poetry, along with this work being considered his masterpiece. The work tells about the pilgrimage of different pilgrims on their way from their home town known as Southwark to Canterbury. In this time Saint Thomas was murdered at the Canterbury Cathedral, and it established a major landmark for the pilgrims to visit the shrine. Each on their way told a tale to help pass time as they traveled. Although Chaucer died before completing each tale, he made a huge impression on how people take power as an advantage. In Chaucer’s work, The Canterbury Tales, criticism of the church plays a major role with crude humor, poverty, and mockery. The crude humor Chaucer communicated through writing, revealed his viewpoint on society in the 1400s. In the Canterbury Tales Chaucer amusingly used crude humor to insult each character on their journey to the Canterbury Cathedral. “For example, the idea that the doctors are more interested in money than curing people is revealed in the amusing couplet that finishes the doctor’s introduction, “gold stimulates the heart, or so we’re told. He therefore had a special love of gold” (15). Chaucer gives the example of his crude humor to the doctor in his…

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  • Theme Of Payback In The Canterbury Tales

    Mae Corrigan Mrs. Jacomme Honors British Literature Period 8 23 November 2015 “Payback Appearing in The Canterbury Tales” The reoccurring theme of payback is forever present throughout literature. In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, there are multiple examples of vengeance and retaliation. Chaucer creates a frame story as twenty-nine pilgrims start their journey to the shrine of Saint Thomas á Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. A story telling competition commences between the pilgrims,…

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  • Character Analysis Of Offred In The Handmaid's Tale

    Her shocking, revealing story is brought home by a complex, and effective, narrative technique. Works Cited and Consulted Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Anchor Books: New York, New York, 1985. Conboy, Sheila C. "Scripted, Conscripted, and Circumscribed: Body Language in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women. Eds. Carol J. Singley and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney. Albany : State U of New York P, 1993.…

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  • The Changing Medieval Society In The Knight's Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is the documentation of 29 different people going on a pilgrimage. It shows the changing medieval society-taking place in England and the people coming on this journey come from all different types of shire’s and social classes. They are travelling from London to Canterbury for a spiritual journey that will bring people closer to the divine spirit and help them evolve into better people. Harry Bailey who is hosting tells the guest’s that in order to…

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  • Imagery In Emma Donoghue's The Tale Of The Shoe

    The Tale of a Modern Fairy Tale In Emma Donoghue’s The Tale of the Shoe, the classic Cinderella tale gets put under the microscope; the author tests the way the reader views the classic fairy tale. Donoghue challenges and dismantles perhaps overused fairy tale archetypes by using vivid imagery, figurative language, and specific word choices throughout the work. By retelling the Cinderella story in this manner, Donoghue is able to force the reader to be critical of fairy tales and create a fresh…

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  • Literary Devices In The Handmaids

    The Aunts of Gilead use specific word choices to suppress viewpoints that contradict their own. For instance, they believe that casual sex is an abomination, so when teaching the handmaids, Aunt Lydia insists, “A thing is valued … only if it is rare and hard to get. We want you to be valued girls” (Atwood 114). Aunt Lydia uses a specific word, “valued,” to generate certain emotion in her audience. Unlike some of its synonyms, such as “useful” or “of service,” the word “valued” creates a desire…

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  • Appearance And Clothing In The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

    “At any rate as they appeared to me;/Tell who they were, their status and profession,/What they looked like, what kind of clothes they dressed in” (Chaucer 2). In The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, nothing speaks louder or stronger than clothing. Right from the start, Chaucer uses physical appearance and clothing to characterize social hierarchy. During the 14th century, appearance and clothing categorized people into different social classes and the type of clothing someone wore…

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  • Characteristics Of The Squire In Canterbury Tales

    The Squire: Beyond The Appearance “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” (Aristotle) Although The Canterbury Tales is not the distinct type of art that Aristotle was referring to, his words still apply to the story, particularly when it comes to the Squire. (Chaucer, 199) Chaucer describes the Squire as “embroidered like a meadow bright, and full of freshest flowers, red and white” also pointing out that his hair had “locks as curly…

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  • Importance Of Surveillance In The Handmaid's Tale

    Living in a city with constant surveillance would drive anyone to paranoia. This is exactly what happens in Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale. In this novel about a handmaid named Offred, the multiple strategically placed methods of surveillance drive her to moments of senselessness and cause her to lose sight of control, individuality, and independence. Gilead has several methods of surveillance set up throughout their community. First, they have the ominous Eyes. These are people…

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  • Oppression In The Handmaids Tale

    To what extent does Atwood portray women as being responsible for their own oppression in the Handmaid’s Tale? Explore this with reference to use of language and structure. Atwood presents the women in Gilead as being responsible for their own oppression. At the time of the novel’s creation, the conservative governments lead by Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher were threatening to return to a patriarchal society with the nuclear family at its core. Atwood wanted to make it clear that women…

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