Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Module 3-Reading Assignment 4

1. The Cantebury Tales is about the very different pilgrims making their journey to Cantebury to the shrine of Thomas Becket. during that journey each pilgrim tells a story to show the reader how very differnet they are and what their roles are in the world (at that time).
2. marriage is approached in the knight's tale, he is basically saying that marriage is within the power of the Gods. In the miller's tale he explains it with more comic relief, suggesting that love is deceiving and to becareful what you ask for or you might get your butt burned :) in the wife of Bath's tale, she too has great dynamics in her tale. the knight is given 2 choices, where he needs to decided whether he wants an old and ugly yet submissive or a young and beautiful yet dominant wife. again chaucer describes marriage/love as being mystical, magical, deceiving.
while talking about religion chaucer takes great risks. he may very well offend readers with his mochary. At one point he even mentions deals made with the devil and trips to hell. But then he shows his respect for religion while including a monk and the trip to the shrine. In the Parson's tale he gives examples of the seven deadly sins and explains them, and also details what is necessary for redemption.
As for fidelity, there is none. I cannot remeber any of the pilgrims remaining faithful to the spouses, or telling any stories of faithfullness. And trading sex to repay debts.
economics-the pardon for example tells the secrets behind his profession, he tricks people into paying for pardons by scaring the canon's yeoman's tale they trick people in to making them think they can duplicate money.
3. I enjoyed how the journey started out with the pilgrims, and who they were. As a reader, you immediately categorize each character into what you preceive them as, but as the tale goes on and each one tells their story, the reader realizes that these individuals are nothing of what you thought they were. I enjoyed hearing each of their tales, and I now have a new preception of each of them by the stories they chose to tell. It goes to show that the saying "never judge a book by its cover", is absolutely correct and accurate.


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