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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / The Status Of Women In Chaucerian Times
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A 6 page paper providing a chronicle of women's social and legal status during the period of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The paper looks at two of Chaucer's women in particular -- the Prioress and the Wife of Bath -- examining both their social roles and the way those roles were perceived in their own day. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Corruption In The Catholic Church
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A 6 page paper that describes corruption in the religious base of the time. The writer argues that Chaucer intended to show his characters as ironic figures-- ones who illustrate greed and dishonesty despite their social status. The Prioress, the Nun, the Monk and the Pardoner are religious figures in Chaucer's work, and by creating ironies between their characterizations and their duties, Chaucer expresses this corruption. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Form And Function In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
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Chaucer's Canterbury tales are said to be a collection of folktales that are told in the form of poetry. The writing was Chaucer's, the tales were collected along his travels throughout England and Italy. This 11 page paper explores the ways in which Chaucer brought form and variety to a unified work. No additional sources are listed.
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Chaucer’s “The Knight’s Tale” and Courtly Love
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This 14 page report with a sentence outline of its points discusses “The Knight’s Tale” of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” and the subject of courtly love. Chaucer’s nderstanding of society as a divinely ordained hierarchy is often a stumbling point for the reader in understanding the deeper connections and interpretations of the characters who populate Chaucer’s work. However, in “The Knight’s Tale,” the reader understands that chivalry and courtly love are the ultimate experiences to which a nobleman can (or should) aspire. Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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The Canterbury Tales in Cinema
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A 6 page research paper that examines the way in which Chaucer's masterpiece has been dramatized in film. Surprisingly, the wealth of characterization encompassed on Geoffrey Chaucer's medieval masterpiece The Canterbury Tales has not been extensively addressed by filmmakers. Of the two films that have been based on the Chaucer's work, the writer argues that it is the film that does not deal directly with Chaucer's subject material that is closer to the intentions of the original work. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Religion and Chaucer's Wife of Bath
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A 6 page look at this larger-than-life character from Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales,' in terms of her unorthodox views on religion. The paper holds that the Wife's theology is of this world as opposed to the next, earthly as opposed to celestial, material as opposed to spiritual. It is not the officially-sanctioned faith of the late middle ages, and yet, Chaucer implies, it is shared by more people than the Church would care to think. No additional sources.
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Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale” and the Cult of Courtly Love
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A five page paper analyzing Chaucer’s use of the Knight’s Tale to illustrate the courtly love genre so popular in the era immediately preceding his own. The paper defines courtly love and shows how it is manifested in Chaucer’s story. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Csitehaucer's Society
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An attribute of an exceptional writer has always been the ability to incorporate the norms and peculiarities that are inherent within the society that is the setting or subject of the writing. Chaucer is an exceptional writer of the Medieval era of history. He writes within the context of the society that was known to him. Medieval Europe is the setting for The Canterbury Tales and other of his writings. He is also able to incorporate the standards, or norms, as well as the characterization of the belief systems and the existing institutions of that society into the action of the Tales. This 12 page paper asserts that the writings of Chaucer, specifically the Canterbury Tales, reflect the society in which he lived. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / The Physician's Tale vs. The Clerk's Tale
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A 10 page research paper that examines two of the narratives in Chaucer's masterpiece The Canterbury Tales. While both tales appear on the surface to deal with religious issues, it is also possible to see alternative meanings within both stories. Some critics have speculated that Chaucer couched subtle criticism of both the church and political authorities of his day within a context that appearedóon the surfaceóto be dogmatically correct according to the accepted beliefs of the time. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Is Chaucer Outdated?
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A five page paper looking at Chaucer's "Miller's Tale" from the "Canterbury Tales" in terms of its relevance to today's world. The paper argues that a joke that requires too much explanation is no longer funny, and because six hundred years has passed between Chaucer's day and our own, this has happened to him. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Chaucer -- Lovers and Love in “The Knight’s Tale,” “The Merchant’s Tale,” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”
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This 5 page report discusses Geoffrey Chaucer’s views on love and lovers as presented in three of “The Canterbury Tales.” Each of these three Tales clearly speak to much of the romance Chaucer saw around, him both in terms of love and passion, as well as in the sense of the adventure and lyricism of “romanticism.” They also demonstrate darker sides of human love in a way that presents a character but makes no particular judgment on him or her. No secondary sources.
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Chaucer: Compassionate towards Human Frailty?
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5 pages in length. The question we shall seek to answer herein is whether Chaucer was tolerant of human frailty. By examining several of his works in general, it is easy to see that Chaucer not only was not tolerant of human shortcomings, but he actually preyed upon them, making light of them in his works. He played up the image of man as a bumbling fool, and the tragedy and trouble that many took upon himself foolishly. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' A Portrait of Two Pilgrims
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In 5 pages the author discusses a portrait of two of the pilgrims from Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." In Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" the Parson and the Plowman are related. They have many things in common, such as religion, poverty, honesty, contentedness with their lot in life, diligence in their professions, plainness, and simplicity. They were committed. Both lived lives that were strong examples to others. The details of the pair compliment one another."
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Giovanni Boccaccio's Tenth Tale, Tenth Day And Chaucer's The Wife Of Bath: Analysis
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5 pages in length. Giovanni Boccaccio's Tenth Tale, Tenth Day tells his story of Griselda as an answer to Chaucer's The Wife of Bath tale and philosophy. When one ponders the opposition of The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale as it relates to Boccaccio's tale of Griselda, it is easy to see how they represent completely divergent personalities. Chaucer's Alisoun, on the one hand, is a strong and defiant woman who lets no one stand in her way. Griselda, by contrast, is the victim of spousal brutality and has absolutely no way to escape it, either mentally or physically. No additional sources cited.
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Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Troilus & Criseyde'
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Medieval Europe in the 1500's was a bastion of Christian incipience. The times were such that the rewriting of pagan tales to include the Christian thought of the day were common, even unconscious. Geoffrey Chaucer's tragic poem 'Troilus and Criseyde' is no exception, though written with more subtlety and understanding of human interaction with divine meaning than most. This 4 page paper seeks to argue that Chaucer rewrites the classic pagan tale of the fall of Troy to include the Christian thought of his day. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Chaucer's 'House of Fame' / Geoffrey's Ego
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A 6 page paper on the protagonist of this little-known work by Geoffrey Chaucer. The paper observes that not only is the work a gentle parody of Dante's Divine Comedy, but Chaucer also parodies himself through the persona of the egotistical narrator Geffrey. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Wife Of Bath - Physical Descriptions
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A 5 page essay which examines how Chaucer's expert use of physical description contributed to his characterization of the Wife of Bath. The writer shows how Chaucer's description laid the basis for the Wife's characterization and helped establish her as a cultural icon which has endured for over 600 years. Quotations from the source.
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The Subject of Love, Considered in "The Knight's Tale," "The Miller's Tale" & "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales"
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A 5 page paper which examines the attitudes of love revealed in a trilogy of stories from Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," "The Knight's Tale," "The Miller's Tale," and "The Wife of Bath's Tale" to determine what each reveals about the nature of love, as well as what can be surmised about Chaucer's own view of love.
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Women in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"
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A five page paper looking at the difference between the way Geoffrey Chaucer's female pilgrims are portrayed in this medieval work from the depictions of the female characters in the tales themselves. The paper concludes that while Chaucer portrayed women without stereotyping them, his storytellers reflected the prejudice of their times. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Attitudes Towards Women
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A 3 page essay that points out that Chaucer used the characters of the Prioress and the Wife of Bath to say a great many things about how medieval society viewed women. The writer demonstrates how Chaucer contrasted the character of the chaste Prioress against that of the lusty Wife to satirize the Church's characterization of women in particular. Quotations only from the source.
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Chaucer's "Doctour of Phisik" in "The Canterbury Tales"
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A five page paper looking at the way Geoffrey Chaucer characterized his Tales' Doctor, as well as the entire medical profession. The paper concludes that Chaucer felt that doctors are greedy souls who bilk the public while doing no good; but looking back into his era, we recognize that doctors in the middle ages actually had few tools and little knowledge with which to work. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / ‘Who Was Chaucer ?'
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A 5 page paper analyzing the characteristics of the author of this fourteenth-century work, using a combination of historical records and an intuitive reading of his most well-known book. Seven sources cited.
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Geoffrey Chaucer/"Man of Law's Tale"
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A 5 page research paper that examines Chaucer's "Man of Law's Tale" in relation to the rest of the Canterbury Tales and also to Chaucer's era, its literary traditions and Chaucer himself. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Morality and Immorality in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”
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An 8 page paper looking at Geoffrey Chaucer’s most famous work in terms of its treatment of morality. The paper concludes that although many of the tales are wholesome and many are bawdy, the most inherently immoral are those, told by representatives of the Church, which are hurtful to one’s fellow human beings. Specific tales discussed in depth include the Pardoner’s, the Prioress’, and the Friar’s. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Explication of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” From Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales”
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A 5 page paper which provides an overview and detailed literary analysis of the story, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s 'The Canterbury Tales,' examining language, imagery, tone and symbolism.
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Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales": The Pardoner's Tale
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5 pages in length. Each of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales harbors its own personality that comes through loud and clear via the teller's character. How is it that one can readily see the teller's personality through the mere words of the tale? The task is rather simple when one dissects it into smaller, more digestible pieces of the most significant characteristics, such as physical features and direct/indirect characterization. Clearly, the Pardoner is a man of the cloth whose physical features reflect a benevolence quite befitting of such a character. His hands are not especially large, however, they hold in them a great deal of responsibility, inasmuch as the task of absolution is no small act, indeed. His eyes are soulful yet sorrowing in light of the grave moral depravity he routinely witnesses; his smile is warm and inviting in spite of his intrinsic desire to frown upon humanity's impertinence. The writer discusses various characteristics of the Pardoner. No additional sources cited.
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Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Tale' / Love
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In 5 pages, the author discusses the concept of love in Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Tale.' In contemporary society, one assumes that love should be the basis for relationships between a man and a woman to initiate marriage. The two manage a household, maintain a public union, procreate, etc. Even in a large society, the family unit is based in some sense on love. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Chaucer’s “Shipman’s,” “Cook’s,” and “Miller’s” Tales
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A six page paper looking at three of the stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: The Shipman’s Tale, The Cook’s Tale, and The Miller’s Tale. Each story is shown to be a ribald story which is told at the expense of a lower-class tradesperson or rural bumpkin from an implicitly upper-class, educated point of view. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath, The Friar, & The Summoner / Unity of Fragment
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In 11 pages, the author discusses unity of fragment in the tales and prologues of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales of The Wife of Bath, The Friar, and The Summoner. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath” and the Struggle for Female Equality
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This 5 page report discusses “Wife of Bath” and the ways in which Chaucer uses this overbearing and patently obnoxious woman to challenge a number of the most common beliefs about a woman’s appropriate subservience. Moralists and theologians have given themselves the authority to create a definition of women that keeps her in her “appropriate” place in the world. The Wife of Bath puts those definitions and assumptions where they belong. No secondary sources.
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How the Theme of Feminism is Expressed in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale"
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A 5 page paper which analyzes how the theme of feminism is expressed in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale," by considering the literary devices of language, tone and symbolism used to convey this message. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Wasserman and Blanch/ "Chaucer in the Eighties"
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A 5 page (+ a one page outline) analysis of an anthology of essays, edited by Julian Wasserman and Robert Blanch, that offers essays that outline the parameters of Chaucerian scholarship in the first half of the 1980's decade. No additional sources cited.
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Authority and Control in Chaucer's The Wife of Bath and the World of Margery Kempe
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This 12 page paper considers the notion of authority and control in Chaucer's The Wife of Bath and Margery Kempe's autobiography The World of Margery Kempe. This paper recognizes the social, religious and legal limitations that were imposed on women, but also suggests that both Alison, Wife of Bath, and Margery Kempe took a limitation, their gender-status and turned it into an advantage that was then recorded in the information presented by both characters. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Satire in Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale"
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An eight page paper looking at the role satire plays in this fabliau by Geoffrey Chaucer. The paper notes that the tale is generally considered to be farce, but the serious themes which emerge on analysis of the text are much more indicative of satire. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Character Creation and Credibility
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An 8 page paper on Chaucer's use of language to create credibility and character development. The writer details this through examples from each of five of the pilgrim's stories in Canterbury Tales. Bibliography cites 5 sources.
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The Intelligence of Chaucer's Pardoner
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A five-page paper looking at this unsavory character from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in terms of his intellect and skills. The paper concludes that he is a masterful salesman, highly skilled at using a variety of sales techniques to win "customers" over to his side. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Various Approaches to Analysis of Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale"
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An 11 page paper discussing the approaches used to analyze this work, giving less attention to the work itself than the four approaches found through literature review to have been used to analyze it in the past. The methods of analysis approaches discovered through this review apply not only to this specific Chaucer work but is applicable to most forms of literature. While all good writing can be enjoyed in its own right without the need of being elevated to the status of "literature," analysis of that which has persisted for generations can serve to demonstrate the difference and instruct in construction of new efforts. Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Order & Disorder In The General Prologue
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A 5 page paper showing how Chaucer illustrates the themes of spiritual order and disorder in the first section of the Canterbury Tales. The paper concludes that this tension between human disorder and spiritual order resolves itself in the recognition that God's plan is worked out in each human being. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Character Of The Prioresse
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A 5 page essay which analyzes the description of the Prioresse given by Geoffrey Chaucer in the General Prologue to his historic work The Canterbury Tales. The writer argues that the Prioresse is hypocritical about her love of earthly pleasures while the Wife of Bath is open and honest.
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Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” Voltaire’s “Candide” And Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler”: Greed
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5 pages in length. The issue of greed has a stronghold in myriad literary pieces, effectively demonstrating the value humanity places upon materialistic commodities. Money is, indeed, one of the most significant of all desires in a greedy person; however, there are also other entities that represent the concept of greed that have little to do with financial gain. These notions are readily presented in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” Voltaire’s “Candide” and Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.” The writer discusses that within the literary framework of these stories lies humanity’s quest for more, a concept that appears to be both inherent and learned depending upon one’s moral education. No additional sources cited.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / The Merchant's Tale
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9 pages in length. A complete review of the Merchant's Tale (from the Canterbury Tales) -- covering an overview of the story, the character of the merchant himself, wording, Chaucer's use of sarcasm, and the Tale's religious implications as well. No Bibliography.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Wife of Bath
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A 6 page paper on the character of the Wife of Bath in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The paper particularly centers around her feminist arguments justifying both her aggressiveness and her sexuality. Bibliography cites sources.
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Two Perspectives on Marriage/Chaucer’s Prologue
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A five page paper which looks at two aspects of British literature. The first section compares and contrasts the views of Margery Kempe and Mary Astell on the institution of marriage. The second section demonstrates how Chaucer uses the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales to give an overview of the society of the time, and his opinions of the ethical standards of the pilgrims. Bibliography lists 5 sources
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Chaucer's 'Merchant' and 'Wife of Bath' / Marriage
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An 8 page comparison of these two stories from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', in terms of the respective storyteller's views on marriage. The paper argues that the tales chosen by each storyteller perfectly embody their own situations in regard to marriage; and both deviate substantially from the cultural norm of the times. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Male/Female Relationships in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'
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A five page paper looking at the way Chaucer depicts the relationships between the sexes in the Knight's, Merchant's, Miller's, and Wife of Bath's Tales. The paper concludes that of all these, the only one which accurately replicates a reciprocal relationship is the Wife of Bath, because the others see women only as objects or stereotypes. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Religious Hypocrisy in Chaucer’s “The Monk’s Tale”
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A 6 page paper analyzing the personality of the Monk in this excerpt from The Canterbury Tales. The paper concludes that to Chaucer, the sin which the Monk commits by breaking his religious vows is somewhat mediated by the fact that the dogma on which the vows were based was flawed to begin with. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Man And Woman In 'To the Lighthouse' By Virginia Woolf And 'Wife of Bath's Tale' By Geoffrey Chaucer
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A 5 page paper which compares the relations between man and woman depicted in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath's Tale' from The Canterbury Tales. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Role Of Women In The Knight's Tale
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An 8 page paper analyzing the puzzling issue of women's active role in Chaucer's 'The Knight's Tale'. The paper points out that while on the surface it would seem women have no active role in the story at all, their importance lies in their symbolic meaning to the male characters. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Medieval Concepts of Women's Roles, Marriage and the Character of Griselda in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Clerk's Tale"
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An 8 page paper which examines the how Medieval concepts of women's roles and marriage are revealed through the character of Griselda in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Clerk's Tale." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Irony in The Nun's Priest's and Pardoner's Tales
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An 8 page paper looking at these two vignettes from the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer in terms of their use of irony. The paper shows that the irony developed in the Nun's Priest's Tale is light and fun because of its subject matter and treatment, while in the Pardoner's Tale the irony is darkened by the odious character of the storyteller himself. Bibliography lists eleven sources. Kbchau~1.wps
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Overview
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A 5 page overview of the various tales with descriptive analysis of Chaucer's characterization and his depiction of society. Writer uses various critical sources to support ideas; Bibliography lists two collective entries.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' / Evil In The Tales
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A 12 page paper examining the importance of the ability to recognize evil in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically The Prioress' Tale and The Pardoner's Tale. The paper argues first that anti-Semitism is a significant issue in the Prioress' Tale, and that her anti-Semitism is just as dangerous as the amoral avarice of the Pardoner because of the fact that she is not perceived as evil at all. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Chaucer's 'The Pardoner's Tale' and Malory's 'Every Man'
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In this 6 page essay, the writer describes how we can infer much about an author's society & era from the stories they wrote and the way they were presented. The two examples cited are 'The Pardoner's Tale' from Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and 'Every man' by Malory. Issues concerning wealth, social class, etc;-- are discussed with relevance to characters in each of these two classic stories. No Bibliography.
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Differing Ideas on What Medieval Women Want in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale"
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A 6 page paper which examines the differing views of what women want, as expressed in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale." Specifically considered are how what the wife and other women want differ from Medieval expectations of what a "true" lady was supposed to be. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' vs. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' / Evil
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An 8 page paper analyzing the way evil is portrayed in The Canterbury Tales and The Divine Comedy. The paper concludes that whereas Dante sees evil as being a catastrophic impediment toward man's attainment of the divine -- and thus something to be taken very, very seriously -- Chaucer sees its human manifestations in what we would actually consider a more 'modern' sense: as irony. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Chaucer’s The Wife Of Bath’s Tale
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury tales are known for their folklore quality and honesty in representing the medieval social structure as well as the norms prevalent during that time. This 7 page paper explores the ramifications of the presentation of ‘what women want’ within the context of medieval society. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Concepts of Honor and Dishonor in Medieval Women, As Explored by Christine de Pizan and Geoffrey Chaucer
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A 7 page paper which examines how honor and dishonor was determined in Medieval women, as considered in de Pizan's "The Book of the City of Ladies," "The Writings of Christine de Pizan," and Chaucer's "The Franklin's Tale" and "The Nun's Priest's Tale." Specifically considered are marriage; widowhood; effects of education, offspring, politics and religion; convents and widow's havens; well-known women of honor or dishonor,; and the impact of nobility or peasantry in shaping these concepts. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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“Elements of Parody in The Miller’s Tale by Chaucer”
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A five page paper which looks at the way in which Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale parodies the traditional romances of courtly love and acts as a balance to the morality and integrity of the Knight’s Tale. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Women's Roles in the Wife of Bath's and Miller's Tales
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A five page paper looking at these two stories from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." The paper enumerates a number of correspondences between the Wife of Bath, whose name was Alice, and Alisoun, the subject of the Miller's Tale. In both these tales, Chaucer shows that though women may not have had legal rights or political power, they clearly have the power of sex over men -- and they know it. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Chaucer, Dante and "Good Women"
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(8pp). Our challenge in this discussion is to correlate the work of Chaucer, Dante and "The Legend of Good Women. Both texts present interesting clues to a solution. Bibliography lists 9 sources (1 visual)
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Life
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A five page paper looking at the life of this great author of the fourteenth century. The paper shows that although he spent his life in government service, this helped his literary career through exposing him to different locales and diverse types of people -- influences which came together in The Canterbury Tales. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' # 2
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A 6 page discussion of setting, theme, and characterization in several of the tales. No Bibliography.
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Chaucer's 'Book of the Duchesse'
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A 7 page paper that discusses the chess game (Lines 618-678) and chess symbolism in this poem. This paper focus on the themes of fate, courtly love and steadfastness that are developed through the poem utilizing chess symbolism, and demonstrates that the knights comments regarding the chess game are developed as statements about courtly love and fate. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chaucer's Life & Works
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An 8 page paper analyzing the characteristics of this fourteenth-century author, using a combination of historical records and an intuitive reading of his most well-known books. Bibliography lists nine sources.
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The Medieval View of Marriage in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
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This 5 page paper provides a comparative view of three of the Canterbury Tales: The Prioress’ Tale, the Wife of Bath, and the Nun’s Tale all describe specific roles for women and the varied but limited view of women that extended from medieval society. This paper integrates and compares the views offered in these three stories. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Comparison of a Chaucer's A Pardoner's Tale and Shakespeare's Macbeth
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This 5 page paper compares and contrasts these two infamous works. Common themes are discussed with an emphasis on death. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Chaucer's Underlying Fear
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This 5 page paper suggests that Chaucer was really afraid of death. Evidence comes from three Canterbury Tales that are The Pardoner's Tale, The Miller's Tale and the Nun's Priest Tale. The stories are analyzed for common thematic elements, but each story stands on its own. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Pandarus In Chaucer's Troilus And Criseyde
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Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is done in the form of a romantic tragedy as it was defined and elaborated upon by Aristotle. In a psychological drama, the attention of the audience is focused on the reactions of the characters to the situations presented. This 6 page paper explores the character of Pandarus. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Gawain, the Green Knight & Chaucer’s Tales – Courtesy Personified?
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Gawain, the Green Knight & Chaucer’s Tales – Courtesy Personified?: This 8-page essay examines ‘courtesy’ as a code of ethics in Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Using these works issues of courtesy will be evaluated in order to determine whether or not invoking its precepts is a help or hindrance in civilized society. Bibliography lists 3 sources. SNCourty.doc
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Love in Geoffrey Chaucer's Poem, "Troilus and Criseyde"
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A 6 page paper which examines how love differs for each character, and considers whether the mode of loving allows for the assessment of merit, or the fame, of each character. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Portrayal of Women in Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”
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A 5 page paper which examines the power of women in each tale, to determine if they can be regarded as feminist works. No additional sources are used.
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Can Authority Ever Be Entirely Justified?
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A 5 page paper which examines the issue of authority, and whether or not it can ever be entirely justified, by specifically considering the divine authority of kings in William Shakespeare's "Henry IV," the authority of God (and man) in John Milton's "Paradise Lost," the secret wish of female authority in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale," and William Wordsworth's determination of poetic authority. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The Role of Women in Hamlet & Canterbury Tales
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An 8 page paper examining the way women are portrayed in Shakespeare's and Chaucer's works. The paper concludes that both these authors treat women with singular well-roundedness, exhibiting a deep understanding of the female psyche. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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"Troilus and Criseyde" and the Cult of Courtly Love
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A ten page paper examining the degree to which Geoffrey Chaucer's poem reflects the code of courtly love. The paper concludes that the false ideals of courtly love prohibit Troilus from really reaching a personal level with the woman he loves; and this leaves him without any bargaining power when he needs to win her back. Bibliography lists nine sources.
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The Fabliau And 'The Miller's Tale'
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A 5 page paper examining the fabliau genre as it is developed in Chaucer's 'Miller's Tale.' The paper gives special attention to the question of what makes the tale funny, and whether these effects are still funny today. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Characteristic of Masculinity and Its Problematic Nature
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This 13 page paper considers the characteristics of masculinity presented in Beowulf, Marie de France and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and assesses the implications of these characteristics in terms of the problematic developments in each work. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Reason vs. Desire/Examples from Literature
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A 5 page research paper in which the writer examines four texts in order to determine the way that the conflict between desire and reason has been handled by authors across the centuries. The texts are Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale," Aristophanes's "The Frogs," and Sir Thomas More's "Utopia." No additional sources cited.
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18th vs. 19th Century British Literature
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A 9 page essay comparing 18th and 19th century literature. Writer describes themes, styles, and their relevance to the changing times. Most works discussed are by English authors including Chaucer, Defoe, and so forth. Bibliography lists 4 primary sources.
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"The Clerk's Tale" as a "Traffic in Women"
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A 10 page essay that analyzes the thesis proposed by anthropologist Gayle Rubin in her landmark 1975 article "The Traffic in Women: Notes on the Political Economy of Sex" that women in primitive cultures are viewed as objects for exchange between men and compares this thesis to the narrative related in "The Clerk's Tale," from Chaucer's medieval masterpiece, "The Canterbury Tales." Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Sin in British Literature
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A 15 page analysis of the theme of sin as developed in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Milton's Paradise Lost. It examines first the theme as presented in the Book of Genesis, looks at St. Paul's explication of it in the book of Romans, then shows how the three British writers mentioned above either supported or rejected it. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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Griselda—a "traffic in women"
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A 15 page research paper that analyzes the Clerk's tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's fourteenth century masterpieces, "The Canterbury Tales." Using Gayle Rubin's 1975 article, "The Traffic in Women," as a framework, the writer argues that the tale of patient Griselda fits the model outlined by Rubin. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Reeve's Tale
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This 6 page paper presents the argument that The Reeve's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, represents that society through the auspices of ironic detail. No additional sources are listed.
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The Importance Of Time in Fourteenth - Seventeenth Century British Literature
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A 5 page paper contrasting the various kinds of temporality shown in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales; the morality play Everyman; and Shakespeare's King Lear. No additional sources cited.
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The "Moral" of Three "Canterbury Tales"
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A six page paper looking at three of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" -- specifically, the Wife of Bath's Tale, the Nun's Priest's Tale, and the Miller's Tale -- in terms of whether they have a moral. The paper asserts that they do, and that their morals are reflective not only of the individual stories but of the storytellers themselves. Bibliography lists five sources.
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A Theoretical TV Symposium on Women with Barbara Walters
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A 3 page paper presenting a fictional and theoretical TV symposium on women, hosted by Barbara Walters; with guests: St. Augustine, Dante, Chaucer, Marie de France, Marguerite de Navarre and Cervantes. These famous people of the past interact and give their thoughts on women in a theoretical fashion.
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Knight's Tale Vs. Sir Gawain / Conflicting Obligations Of Knighthood
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In 5 pages, the writer discusses conflicting and overlapping obligations of knighthood as present in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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Anti-Feminism In Five Tales
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A 5 page paper that reviews Sir Gawain, Wife of Bath (Chaucer), Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in light of the anti-feminine treatment of its women characters. The writer argues that fear of the feminine in these tales leads to the necessity for control of the feminine. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Writers Who Influenced Shakespeare
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A 4 page paper that considers the major works that influenced the writings of Shakespeare. The writer demonstrates that while there is little documented evidence of influences, there are considerable textual similarities between Shakespeare's plays and the writings of Marlowe, Chaucer, Virgil and Seneca, as well as many influences noted from the Bible. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Literature as Education and Entertainment
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A five page paper looking at Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," Philip Sidney's "Astrophel and Stella", and John Milton's "Paradise Lost" in terms of their ability to both educate and entertain us -- the poet Horace's criterion for good literature. The paper concludes that all three works fulfill this mission due to their strong characterization, careful attention to form and structure, and vivid writing. Bibliography lists eight sources.
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Robert Burns' 'Tam o'Shanter'
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A 5 page analysis of the poem which Burns wrote in his Scottish dialect. It tells the story of the night that a drunken Tam o'Shanter came face to face with the devil and a party of witches. The writer demonstrates how Burns' rollicking poem is reminiscent of Chaucer and also has elements of satire. No additional sources cited.
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The Theme of Courtly Love in “Beowulf,” “The Romance of Tristan,” “Troilus and Criseyde,” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
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This 6 page report discusses four classic works of the medieval timeframe and the concept of courtly love. Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Beroul’s The Romance of Tristan, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the mysterious “Gawain-Poet,” and Beowulf each shows the reader that it is important to understand that it was the subjective presentation of either the lovers’ ardor for one another and their concern regarding other people in their lives that essentially reconstructed the code of courtly love into what ultimately became one of the most important influences in Western literature. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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“The Wife of Bath”
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A seven page paper which looks at the character of the Wife of Bath in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and the way in which she is portrayed as a complex and realistic figure in terms of her attitudes, behaviour and perception of human nature, both in relation to the other pilgrims and in her interpretation of the role of women in medieval Christian society. Bibliography lists 3 sources
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Pier Paolo Pasolini's "The Decameron"
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7 pages in length. Comparing and contrasting the manner by which women are treated and portrayed within the cinematic approach of Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Decameron is to first understand the original motivation of writer Giovanni Boccaccio, secondly liken this work to others – such as Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales – that reflect a similarity in gender treatment and thirdly realize to what extent Pasolini was attempting to remain true to form. Clearly, Boccaccio's treatment and portrayal of women in his fourteenth century composition of The Decameron was meant to ruffle stiff social feathers by depicting the female gender as having their own minds, thoughts and actions apart from their patriarchal counterparts. One can readily see that while Pasolini does remain mostly on course with Boccaccio's original objective, he also interjects his own brand of lighthearted comedy, as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Chaucerian Comedy
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A 5 page research paper that looks at Geoffrey Chaucer's use of humor in his comedic, medieval masterpiece The Canterbury Tales. The writer particularly focuses on the Miller's Tale as being exemplary of Chaucer's gift for comedy. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Choice and Destiny in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
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This 6 page paper considers the way in which both choice and destiny are portrayed in this fourteenth century work. The writer uses The Knights Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale to examine choice and destiny and how they are seen and manifested in the tales. The bibliography cites 1 source.
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