Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" Analytical Essay by Ace writers

Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"
An examination of the concepts of love and marriage in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
# 46591 | 1,935 words | 1 source | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2004 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" provide us with a glimpse of what medieval romance, love, and courtship might have been like in the 14th century. This paper shows how, by skillfully employing the stylistic technique of specific detail in each of his characters, Chaucer is able to demonstrate various viewpoints about love and marriage.

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"One tale that allows us to get a very different opinion of love and marriage is the Wife of Bath's Tale. Told from a woman's perspective, this tale might have invoked a wide array of responses in its time. Partly because it is humorous and partly because the Wife of Bath could be considered the first feminist. For instance, she openly admits to hating he idea of being controlled by a husband. In addition, she drinks "sweete wyn" and wears "clothing with precious array" despite what her husbands have told her. She likes to have men in her "thrall". The Wife of Bath certainly does not support the idea of the subservient wife. After all, she claims to have had control over all four of her previous husbands. The Wife of Bath was certainly considered at the least to be rebellious, as "certain theologians developed idea of womankind as nothing less than monstrous" (Abrams 133). In a clear and brave voice, we can see how the Wife of Bath is taking what was considered to be an unusual stand against normal conventions for that time. She sees the act of marriage as nothing more than a business arrangement that two people enter into. This is reflected when she says, "and therefore every man this tale I tellle:/Winne whoso may, for al is for to selle" (Chaucer 418). The Wife of Bath did not casually come by her opinion; she has learned what she knows the hard way. In fact, she even tells us that she is an "expert in myn age--/This is to say, myself hath been the whippe--" (180-1)."

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