Medieval Period Glog

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Medieval Period Glog

Chaucer and the Medieval World

The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer’s style of satire exaggerates the women’s desire of female dominance through alliteration and hyperbole. The fantastical language and tone indicate the Wife's dreams and desire for gender equality while the use of detail shows the contradiction of traditional gender roles in the example of the old woman asking the knight to marry her in the public. Chaucer uses these exceptional examples to make fun of the gender roles of his time. Chaucer’s voice within this tale is shown through the Wife of Bath, who is confident and even sly. Her tale satirically juxtaposes the noble idea of the women’s desire for power with men’s ignoble, immoral actions against women. To rule over one's husband seemed a shocking and sinful idea in such an era. Within her tale women hold the power to save or destroy men. The Wife's astute observations parallel Chaucer's own. Chaucer brings satire to the idea of the weak and feeble maiden by contrasting her with the powerful Wife of Bath.

The Wife of Bath

The Pardoner's Tale

Group 4: Alison, Abby, Fiona, and Hannah

Chaucer's voice is impartial. He uses physiognomy to give the reader a sense of his corruption, but he balances this with the Pardoner's own claims to help others not fall into sin. He presents the matter factually and tries to leave the interpreation up to the reader. The characters themselves become the satire. Chaucer creates style in "The Pardoner's Tale" by repeating the phrase: "greed is the root of all evil." The Pardoner is a symbol of the contradiction between the messages of piety and humility that the Catholic Church preached and the reality of their wealth and self-service. His tale reflects the dangers of greed and how it can lead to destruction. The description of "greed" as "evil" creates irony when used with the personality and stories of the Pardoner.


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