Using of Satire ( “ Chaucer’s use of satire to reach intended audience”) Chaucer “The father of english” was a great author and continues to raise question still today Amy Midden excalimes “The “Canterbury Tales” is considered to be one of the greatest poetic works in English” (Midden). Which still stand to be very true this day. In the “Canterbury Tales” Chaucer uses satire in many different ways throughout his story to reaches out to others and says what he is thinking and or believes through others. Chaucer disagrees with many things that are set in stone during his time, being the 1300’s, but rather there is no safe to say what he is thinking and go against the “laws of life” during the 1300’s because he will get jacked for doing so. Chaucer decides that during a trip he is taking to write down the stories of others, he doesn’t use their actual names but rather makes fictional characters to tell each story in the “Canterbury Tales” The three main things that Chaucer disagrees with during his time is the church, patriarchy, and lastly class nobility.
Geoffrey Chaucer was an author, known as the father of English poetry for his recognition in all his literary works. He wrote the Canterbury Tales, which are multiple stories composed into one to create a form of poetry. "The Pardoners Tale" is the most recognized work of art he put together out of these multiple stories. The story is told in first person, which makes use of the story to lecture against the individuals who are ignorant, and profane. In this short tale about eagerness, but also death, Chaucer uses three forms of figurative language such as irony, personification, and symbolism to tell a story of three rioters.
He uses Satire in his writings to get his message across to the common people during the 1300’s. Satire is defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. The main story Chaucer uses satire to criticize the community in which he lives is in his stories the Canterbury Tales. “Despite its distracting tone, there are several important issues at the center of this debate. Questions of puns in Chaucer are not always undecidable, nor need their existence be dependent solely on critical ingenuity or moral delicacy”(Dane).
Many examples are seen in the story that express irony and most characters seem to be taught a lesson. Irony is a crucial part of the Canterbury Tales, and Chaucer's creative use of this literary device does a lot to provide this book with a definitive status. Chaucer has grasped the techniques required to put his points across and subtle irony and satire
People started to send their children to universities so that they can get education and enhance their social position. Lives of medieval students are depicted in different tales. From these tales we can find out social stereotypes of medieval students and determine to what extent these stereotypes reflect real life of English medieval students. In his Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer depicts students in two ways, he shows us two social stereotypes of students: firstly as very serious, and secondly as rogues and womanizers. In General Prologue he represents student who studied philosophy at Oxford University.
Chaucer’s satire is mainly directed against religious corruption. Carolyn Dinshaw wrote in her book “Sexual Poetics” that “If feminism has a contribution to make to Chaucer studies…it is…that it enables us to see the full significance of what is already there in his text…so simple a fact as that the Canterbury Tales…contains not a single example of the story-type that embodies its deals in the central figure of a male character or male hero.” Chaucer explored the relationship between the control of language and masculine power in the patriarchal society. He has a strong control on his vocabulary. He use humor and satire for men and discussed the women of that time in ironical way and used humorous exaggeration as well. Religion had a strong control over minds and souls of the people in Chaucer’s age.
Comparing modern individuals to the characters in novels written years ago, one notices that people never change. Humans from hundreds and even thousands of years ago conversed with one another, told jokes, made up stories, and expressed feelings in ways that are very similar, if not the same, to the behaviors of humans today. In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer provides the audience with an inside view of the different people they may have encountered on a pilgrimage within the years of 1066 A.D. to 1485 A.D. These years mark the expanse of the Medieval Period. As the audience gets to know the characters in the novel, they recognize characteristic traits they may see in their friends, family, peers, coworkers, and strangers.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, A Medieval Era Media? In the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer sets a clear set of stories. Everything is planned and introduced to us beforehand. Prior to diving in to the tales, the General Prologue is brought forward. We are told about the reasons for the gathering of the pilgrims and who those pilgrims are.
The Canterbury Tales is a series of stories told from the view of different characters. Chaucer uses irony to describe how characters from different social rankings are not defined by their positions and jobs but by their hearts. In the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” the Wife does not let the label of “wife” guide her actions. During this time, wives were inferior to their husbands and tended to stay home because they were dependent on others. However, the Wife of Bath is described in the prologue as being independent because she travels on her own and “[knows] much of wandering by the way” (467).
Throughout The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer illustrates to the reader the true characteristics of the Miller and the Reeve by using the aspect of morality to show their related views on love and women. Love, to both the Miller and the Reeve, is frequently associated with beauty, lust, and sexual intercourse. Their vision of love is consistent in both stories; indicating that they care mostly about the women’s physical appearances. This can be easily seen in the stories by the way that the women are described and portrayed. Neither of Chaucer’s story tellers offer much insight into the women’s intelligence or mental characteristics.