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Satirical Techniques in The Canterbury Tales

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Satirical Techniques in The Canterbury Tales
Exaggeration
Reversal
General Prologue
* "I dare swear that they weighed a full ten pound"
-Wife of Bath's "kerchiefs"
Miller's Tale
* "As loud as it had been a thunder-clap"
-Nicholas's fart
* "That for the pain he thought that he should die"
-pain from coulter
Detail 3
Wife of Bath's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
(Prologue)
Wife of Bath's Tale
* "And there he saw upon the forest floor Some ladies dancing, twenty-four or more."
-out of nowhere!

Detail 3
Parody
Incongruity
Sources
to enlarge, increase, or represent something beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous and its faults can be seen.
to present things that are out place or are absurd in relation to its surroundings
"And--Jesu hear my prayer!--cut short the lives of those who won't be governed by their wives..."
Wives govern, not husbands
Wife of Bath's Tale
"For poverty you scold me. By your leave, the God on high, in whom we both believe, chose willfully to live a poor man's life; and surely every man, maiden, or wife can understand that Jesus, heaven's King, would not choose sinful living.
Wife of Bath= parody of the Catholic religion
Backs up her opinion with scriptures from the Bible
The Squire
"He was embroidered like a meadow bright/ And full of freshest flowers, red and white" (91-92)
Essentially a parody of the courtly lover
to imitate the techniques and/or style of some person, place, or thing
to present in the opposite of normal order.
The Miller's Tale
* "And unperceived he caught her by the puss, Saying: 'Indeed, unless I have my will, For secret love of you, sweetheart, I'll spill'"
-bold/crude actions; [ALMOST] sweet words
* "'Darling, my sweetest bird, I wait your will.'" -> "But with his mouth he kissed her naked arse"
-sweet words/mood; sudden crudeness



"stretching" the truth
Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Aug. 2014. <https://www.google.com/

searchq=images&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=rh__U8OuNIK7ggTS64DIBQ

&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=627>.

Exaggeration. Hannah Gregory. Web. 28 Aug. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=bxrPfTFdVzQ>.
Lee, Kenji, dir. 2013. Web. 28 Aug. 2014.
Wife of Bath's Tale
* ""My love?" he said. "No, rather my damnation!'" and "'I wish to God my heart would burst, no less!'"
-knight=dramatic and vain
Pardoner's Tale
* "All neat and trim, and young girls selling fruit, Singers with harps, then bawds, girls selling cake--" compared to "All agents of the devil, no mistake"
-pretty ladies=agents of the devil

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Wife of Bath's Tale. N.p.: n.p.,

n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2014.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Miller's Tale. N.p.: n.p., n.d.

Web. 27 Aug. 2014.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The General Prologue. N.p.: n.p.,

n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2014.

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Pardoner's Tale. N.p.: n.p., n.d.

Web. 27 Aug. 2014.
Pardoner: payed to pardon sins
Greedy; uses money for himself
"The Wife of Bath" Anticipation Guide
As usual, write down the highlighted notes!
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