History Literature / TheCanterburyTales

29th May '16 12:14:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: The Pardoner.
20th May '16 10:43:15 AM TeraChimera
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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 unable to finish them before his death in 1400]].

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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 unable only able to finish them 24 before his death in 1400]].
6th May '16 11:39:38 AM MrDeath
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* TheJoyOfX: It's the origin of "The X's Tale" formula. The problem is that most references miss the "told by an X" instead of "about an" meaning of the original. For example, the film ''Film/AKnightsTale'', is set in Medieval Europe.

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* TheJoyOfX: It's the origin of "The X's Tale" formula. The problem is that most references miss the "told by an X" instead of the original and take it to mean, "about an" meaning of the original. an X." For example, the film ''Film/AKnightsTale'', is set in Medieval Europe.
5th May '16 11:48:05 PM GoldenSeals
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* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes / HypocriticalHumor: It's commented in the Prologue that while the Merchant is always giving financial advice, he is actually flat broke.
** There's also the fact that the Merchant tells his tale with an intent of showing how marriage is terrible and women are lying liars who lie. Made hilarious due to the fact that the Merchant is drawing from his two months of experience in the realm of marriage to condemn the whole thing.

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* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes / HypocriticalHumor: It's commented in the Prologue that while the Merchant is always giving financial advice, he is actually flat broke.
** There's
broke. He's also the fact that the Merchant tells telling his tale with an intent of showing how to show that marriage is terrible and women are lying liars who lie. Made lie, which is kind of hilarious due to the fact considering that the Merchant is he's drawing this from his all of two months of months' experience in the realm of marriage to condemn the whole thing.marriage.
12th Dec '15 1:28:23 PM MarkLungo
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* ToiletHumour: Used extensively in the Miller's tale

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* ToiletHumour: Used extensively in the Miller's taletale.
* TooImportantToWalk: Chaucer [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]] through the SmallNameBigEgo version of Chanticleer the rooster from "The Tale of the Nun's Priest":
-->"He looked as it were a grim lion,\\
And on his toes he roamed up and down;\\
He deigned not to set his feet to ground..."
30th Jul '15 6:42:13 PM Anorgil
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* YourCheatingHeart: Alison in "The Miller's Tale." Discussed and ultimately averted by the old lady in "The Wife of Bath's Tale" as well.
30th Jul '15 6:39:40 PM Anorgil
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* TakeAThirdOption: At the end of the Wife of Bath's Tale, when his bride offers him a choice that she can be either beautiful but unfaithful or ugly and faithful, the knight takes a third option by letting ''her'' decide. Her decision, too, was none of the above: to be both beautiful and faithful.

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* TakeAThirdOption: At the end of the "The Wife of Bath's Tale, Tale", when his bride offers him a choice that she can be either beautiful but unfaithful or ugly and faithful, the knight takes a third option by letting ''her'' decide. Her decision, too, was none of the above: to be both beautiful and faithful.


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** Gender-flipped in "The Wife of Bath's Tale."
30th Jul '15 6:36:46 PM Anorgil
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Added DiffLines:

* TakeAThirdOption: At the end of the Wife of Bath's Tale, when his bride offers him a choice that she can be either beautiful but unfaithful or ugly and faithful, the knight takes a third option by letting ''her'' decide. Her decision, too, was none of the above: to be both beautiful and faithful.
25th Jun '15 6:26:26 PM nombretomado
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* TheJoyOfX: It's the origin of "The X's Tale" formula. The problem is that most references miss the "told by an X" instead of "about an" meaning of the original. For example, the film ''AKnightsTale'', is set in Medieval Europe.

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* TheJoyOfX: It's the origin of "The X's Tale" formula. The problem is that most references miss the "told by an X" instead of "about an" meaning of the original. For example, the film ''AKnightsTale'', ''Film/AKnightsTale'', is set in Medieval Europe.
15th Jun '15 11:17:57 PM vifetoile
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* FloralMotifs: The Prioress, one of the few characters who has a proper name, is Madame Eglantine, referring to a kind of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_rubiginosa rose]], also known as a sweetbrier. Having a name that means "rose" is right in line with her sentimentality and bracelet reading "Love Conquers All."

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* FloralMotifs: FlowerMotifs: The Prioress, one of the few characters who has a proper name, is Madame Eglantine, referring to a kind of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_rubiginosa rose]], also known as a sweetbrier. Having a name that means "rose" is right in line with her sentimentality and bracelet reading "Love Conquers All."
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