History Literature / TheCanterburyTales

3rd Dec '16 6:40:51 PM Xtifr
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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of short stories written in Late [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfEnglish Middle English]] by Creator/GeoffreyChaucer in [[TheLateMiddleAges the late 14th century]] about a group of travellers on a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral[[note]]Same guy who was murdered in Creator/TSEliot's ''MurderInTheCathedral''[[/note]]. To pass the time on what was then a journey of several days, they decide to hold a storytelling contest where each pilgrim will tell two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two tales on the return trip. Originally, Chaucer was going to write [[DoorStopper all 124 tales]], but was [[AuthorExistenceFailure only able to finish 24 before his death in 1400]].

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The ''The Canterbury Tales Tales'' is a collection of short stories written in Late [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfEnglish Middle English]] by Creator/GeoffreyChaucer in [[TheLateMiddleAges the late 14th century]] about a group of travellers on a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral[[note]]Same guy who was murdered in Creator/TSEliot's ''MurderInTheCathedral''[[/note]]. To pass the time on what was then a journey of several days, they decide to hold a storytelling contest where each pilgrim will tell two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two tales on the return trip. Originally, Chaucer was going to write [[DoorStopper all 124 tales]], but was [[AuthorExistenceFailure only able to finish 24 before his death in 1400]].
30th Nov '16 11:09:18 PM Omeganian
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Dudeney Henry Dudeney]] wrote a puzzle book with a section supposedly coming from Chaucer's notes.

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* ** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Dudeney Henry Dudeney]] wrote a puzzle book with a section supposedly coming from Chaucer's notes.
30th Nov '16 11:05:39 PM Omeganian
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Dudeney Henry Dudeney]] wrote a puzzle book with a section supposedly coming from Chaucer's notes.
18th Nov '16 4:39:00 PM CJCroen1393
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* SnakeOilSalesman: One of the things the Pardoner does for a living is sell phony miracle cures.


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* StrawHypocrite: The Pardoner; he constantly preaches against greed and covetousness (referring to it as "the root of all evil"), yet [[LampshadeHanging freely admits]] that that he himself is motivated entirely by it, preaching, selling salvation and peddling phony miracle cures to make a swift profit. He takes it a step further by claiming that ''all'' forms of preaching are done for evil or selfish reasons.
15th Nov '16 1:11:29 PM CJCroen1393
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* AffablyEvil: Possibly the Pardoner, who is soft-spoken and polite, but also a corrupt hypocrite. It's not clear if he's this or FauxAffablyEvil, though.



* PrettyBoy: Absalom in "The Miller's Tale" is so pretty as to be downright effeminate. In the frame story, the Squire is another example (vaguely feminine prettiness being in fashion for courtly types).

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* PrettyBoy: Absalom in "The Miller's Tale" is so pretty as to be downright effeminate. In the frame story, the Squire is another example (vaguely feminine prettiness being in fashion for courtly types). Subverted with the Pardoner, who's rather androgynous, but this is meant to make him creepy rather than attractive. That and it's subtly implied that he's [[GroinAttack a eunuch]].
7th Nov '16 7:14:39 AM CJCroen1393
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* HenpeckedHusband: From the Wife of Bath's perspective, this is the ideal model for a husband. Didn't stop her from falling madly in love with an abusive jerk, though.


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* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: The Wife of Bath is particularly fond of submissive men who will do whatever she says ''and'' let her completely dominate them in bed. Though it's revealed that this is mostly just because she can trick them into giving her money.
7th Nov '16 7:01:04 AM CJCroen1393
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** The knight in the Wife of Bath's tale suffers this due to ValuesDissonance--after raping an innocent maiden, he finds himself tricked into marrying an ugly old hag who only becomes young and beautiful when he pledges to her that he will ''always'' [[HenpeckedHusband remain submissive to her and let her make all of his decisions for him]]. For modern audiences at least, this feels like the knight's getting a well-deserved punishment.
7th Nov '16 6:47:06 AM CJCroen1393
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* NoManWantsToBeChased: Inverted, interestingly enough; the Wife of Bath is a firm believer in the idea that this is true of ''women''.

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* NoManWantsToBeChased: NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Inverted, interestingly enough; the Wife of Bath is a firm believer in the idea that this is true of ''women''.
7th Nov '16 6:45:36 AM CJCroen1393
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* DomesticAbuser: The Wife of Bath's fifth husband, who used to verbally berate her, beat her until she appeared dead and is the reason she's half deaf. [[ValuesDissonance He's also the husband she loved the most]].


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* NoManWantsToBeChased: Inverted, interestingly enough; the Wife of Bath is a firm believer in the idea that this is true of ''women''.
3rd Nov '16 5:40:13 PM Nightsky
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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of short stories written in Late [[HistoryOfEnglish Middle English]] by Creator/GeoffreyChaucer in [[TheLateMiddleAges the late 14th century]] about [[ShapedLikeItself a group of travellers on a pilgrimage]] to the tomb of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral[[note]]Same guy who was murdered in Creator/TSEliot's ''MurderInTheCathedral''[[/note]]. To pass the time on what was then a journey of several days, they decide to hold a storytelling contest where each pilgrim will tell two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two tales on the return trip. Originally, Chaucer was going to write [[DoorStopper all 124 tales]], but was [[AuthorExistenceFailure only able to finish 24 before his death in 1400]].

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The Canterbury Tales is a collection of short stories written in Late [[HistoryOfEnglish [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfEnglish Middle English]] by Creator/GeoffreyChaucer in [[TheLateMiddleAges the late 14th century]] about [[ShapedLikeItself a group of travellers on a pilgrimage]] pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral[[note]]Same guy who was murdered in Creator/TSEliot's ''MurderInTheCathedral''[[/note]]. To pass the time on what was then a journey of several days, they decide to hold a storytelling contest where each pilgrim will tell two tales on the journey to Canterbury and two tales on the return trip. Originally, Chaucer was going to write [[DoorStopper all 124 tales]], but was [[AuthorExistenceFailure only able to finish 24 before his death in 1400]].
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