Date of publication: 2017-08-21 22:26
The metaphor of a journey is an integral part of the tales. The fictional journey in the 'Canterbury Tales' is juxtaposed to the literary journey. The pilgrimage thus can be seen as the literary journey of Chaucer as the poet.
However, when she discusses and talks about marriage she highlights their words, citing them, contradicting by using the same references. She uses the "sic et non"
These would be the thoughts of any proper knight toward his lady. "The Miller's Tale" is a satire of courtly love and its actuality in times contemporary the setting of The Canterbury Tales.
The reasons discussed above show close similarities between the wife of Bath’s tale and the Miller’s tale. Despite the fact that the experiences that bring out the similarities are markedly different, the effects of these experiences bring out common themes among the tales. One of the underlying themes brought out by the two tales is the roles that men and women played in society in the middle ages.
Arriving at the court, Arcite offered his services, and took a post with Emelye s steward under the name of Philostratus. Arcite worked as a page in Emelye s house and was so well loved that Theseus soon made him squire of his chamber. Meanwhile Palamon had lived for seven years in his dungeon, before, eventually, he escaped from the tower and fled the city, with the intention of disguising himself and making toward Thebes. That morning Arcite went horseback riding. In the area outside of the city, he dismounted and began to speak to himself, lamenting life without Emelye. Palamon, overhearing, leapt out and revealed himself to Arcite. Since neither had weapons, they made a vow to meet in the same place tomorrow and fight to the death over Emelye.
The Tale is undoubtedly a romance as Chaucer presents it, supposedly a true history of many hundreds of years ago told by an authoritative, high-status figure (in this case the Knight). Yet Chaucer never merely adopts a literary tradition without commenting on it, and the oddities of the Tale often lie in the way it over-stresses the traditional things expected of a romance of its genre.
H. Marshall Leicester, Jr Structure as Deconstruction: 'Chaucer and Estate Satire' in the General Prologue. Or Reading Chaucer as a Prologue to the History of Disenchantment.
One of the generalizations Hodges makes is that Chaucer&apos s Knight is not romantically ideal. On this point, we definitely agree. There haven&apos t been many changes in peoples&apos conceptions of the ideal knight since the 69th century. The ideal knight is the one out of fairy tales and story books, with the gleaming armor on a pristine white horse, riding to save the princess, and slaying numerous foes simply because his heart is pure. Also, the perfect knight was always clean, courteous and honorable without fault. Chaucer&apos s Knight is definitely not the ideal. He may be courteous, but he isn&apos t clean, as evidenced by the dirtiness of his clothing. And, he certainly isn&apos t honorable without fault.