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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

What is a fabliau? "A short metrical tale,
usually ribald and humorous,
popular in medieval France."
(Dictionary.com) At the end of a Fabliau,
a lesson is learned. A Fabliau often
contains sexual content. Some authors famous for
writing Fablious are Garin,
Gautier le Leu, Jean Bodel,
and Rutebeuf For much of the first millenuim the church was the main governing force of most countries. As the Dark Ages came to a close and science and free-thinking became more widespread, people came to question this type of government. In this way were The Canterbury Tales written, much as the way political cartoons are used today to strike back at what the author views as a negative force. In 1388 a change occured in the way people viewed Christianity when John Wycliffe, an English reformer, released a version of the bible that was translated from the original Latin version to Middle English. This allowed the lower class to read the bible themselves which let them interpret their own meaning. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer was originally told orally, but in the late 1300's it was written down in Middle English. This entertaining book contains fables and fabliaus, which are often humorous and crass. Usually at the end of one of the 23 tales,
a lesson is learned. For example,
the role of women in society and
marriage is addressed throughout
the book. Characters cheat on one another,
and are punished for what they have done. Religion is another major theme
that is discussed and mocked
in The Canterbury Tales. For example, In the Millers Tale, Nicholas uses the story of Noah's Arc from the bible to trick John. Some tales are silly and humerus, while others become very serious. However, all of the stories focus on human error and fault. The underlying reason that many teachers choose The Canterbury Tales as a school reading book is because it's an entertaining example of classic literature and to this day it can still teach us many different lessons In Conclusion,
The Canterbury Tales is a window into the lives of people that lived a great many years before us. It also shows a turning point towards modern thinking and initiatives. In these ways can the the Canterbury Tales be a valuable asset to today's generation and perhaps for millennium to come. Canterburytales.org/
www.glencoe.com/ Works Cited. Page The Canterbury Tales is about a pilgrimage to Canterbury. On the way, the travelers agree to have a story telling contest. Originally, each of the 23 characters were supposed to tell a total of four stories, two on the way to Canterbury, and two on the way back. However, Chaucer did not complete this book, and so there are only 24 tales. The Canterbury tales can also teach us much about life in the 1300's and includes a large amount of history. Why do we still read this?
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