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Introduction Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales are truly timeless stories that tell the reader something of the history of Europ...

Satire: 12th Night vs. Miller's Tale

This essay discusses Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale." The writer asserts that Chaucer's narrative ...

Ninth Day, Sixth Story and the Reeve's Tale

as an "honest man" who kept a "little hut for the entertainment of travelers, serving them with meat and drink" but seldom offerin...

Boccaccio and Chaucer

A Pardoner, in medieval times, had the task of collecting money for the charitable enterprises that were supported by the church (...

Medieval Literature/Marie de France & Chaucer

appears to be that this text afforded him a superb creative pallet, not simply for creating memorable characters, but also for pr...

Gawain & Green Knight/Wife of Bath

the entirety of those present that one of them should strike the Green Knight with the ax, which he has brought as a gift, and tha...

Chaucer, Beowulf, and Lifestyles

rural lifestyle. Lacey and Danziger comment that the popular image of the medieval hall, with its rush-covered floor and central f...

San Marino, California's The Ellesmere Geoffrey Chaucer Manuscript

The illuminated first page of "The Knights Tale" can be viewed at http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/knightel.jpg. The student resea...

Entertainment and Education in Literature

In 5 pages this paper discusses how literature can be both educational as well as entertaining within the precepts of Horace the p...

Literary Examples of Desire and Reason

In five pages this research paper examines how literature portrays the conflict between reason and desire in a consideration of Ut...

British Literature and the Theme of Sin

In fifteen pages this paper discusses how sin is depicted in the Books of Genesis and Romans as well as how it is thematically dev...

17th Century English Literature and Time Significance

In five pages this paper discusses the importance of time in King Lear by William Shakespeare, the play Everyman, and The Canterbu...

Love and Lovers in 'The Wife of Bath;s Tale,' 'The Knight's Tale,' and 'The Merchant's Tale'

In five pages this report compares and contrasts Chaucer's perceptions about lovers and love in these three tales that are part of...

Justice and the Wife of Bath

was a knight, he was essentially required to meet challenges and learn how to be chivalrous, often through mistakes. As such the Q...

Chaucer’s The Franklin’s Tale and the Film Indecent Proposal

these stories are both very similar for the couple love one another and share their lives in a very equal and meaningful manner. ...

Canterbury Tales

that is good about the Church and religion. But, all the others are seemingly far less than perfect as they are connected with the...

Fear of Death and Geoffrey Chaucer

In five pages the fears Chaucer expressed about death particularly in 'The Nun's Priest Tale,' 'The Pardoner's Tale,' and 'The Mil...

Chaucer/Troilus and Criseyde

(Chaucer). Nevertheless, he soon speaks to her of love and pledges his faithfulness. In the privacy of his own thoughts, Chaucer r...

The Wife of Bath and the Love Poems of Sappho and Catullus

While the couple is not married in the legal sense to each other (their bonds of matrimony are with others), it becomes obvious th...

Medieval Literature and Male Role Model Challenging

theological thought (Moritz). Some of the fundamental thoughts within the texts maintained that women should be kept meek and subm...

Wife of Bath’s Tale and Wedding of Sir Gawain

together and makes possible the fraternal and hierarchic bonds of chivalric solidarity" (Hahn). This contrasts sharply with the fo...

General Prologue: Canterbury Tales

they may be actively attempting to simply present some facts and remain objective. But, even in remaining objective there will be ...

The Miller’s Tale

some life lesson, Nicholas is trying to get Alison in bed with him, and thus also needs a lesson. There is Alison who is willing t...

Religion in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

of cheating going on. There are people who lie to get what they want, people who have sex outside of their marriage, and ultimatel...

The Franklin’s Tale: Courtly Love and Marriage

help her and rid the shore of rocks if he can make love to her. Aurelius love is a courtly love in many respects. He has loved her...

Chaucer and the Church

The Chaucer we envisage here might regard this tale as valuable for its religious elements, for its depiction of a valiant woman w...

Chaucer/Merchant's & Franklin's Tales

French fabliaux, which provide the source material on which many of the tales are based. Essentially, Chaucer use of gardens sugge...

Feminist and Anti-Feminist Themes in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

He returns to the witch who then tells him he can have an ugly and faithful wife in her, or a beautiful and unfaithful woman. He a...

A Review of The Pardoner's Tale

extremely outspoken. One of his strongest skills it seems is public speaking. In fact, he is a performer! These characteristics ...

A Canterbury Pilgrim's Personal Tale

Pegasus. Every morning he woke and sharpened his blades while everyone else was at breakfast. When we finished eating he would ...