Estate Satire In Canterbury Tales Analysis

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In the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer creates what is known as estate satire. Estate satire is a genre of writing that was used commonly during the fourteenth Century. Chaucer also uses satire to expose the liability of institutions and common stereotypes of his time. Irony is seen throughout the introduction of each character and he also teaches moral lessons throughout the story. 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…show more content…
The Knight is the first of all the pilgrims to share his unique tale. In his story, inmates Palamon and Arcite love Emily, but they hate each other. Dramatic irony occurs after Arcite’s prison release, when he works in disguise for Emily's family. Palamon escapes the jail and finds Arcite on Emily's property. The two men pray to Greek gods for Emily's love and hand in marriage, but Emily secretly prays to stay single until she finds true love. The irony used in the Knight’s tale is Chaucer’s way of pointing out that life is unpredictable, is not fair and comes with joys and sorrows. The two men who are in love with are unable to have her as a lover and Emily does not care much for them. Emily only wants herself to feel happy and she will wait until she finds the right…show more content…
Things in life do not always go as planned so there must be a different way to do certain things. There are several ways things can be done in life and in the real world there is always a Plan B. People will not get want they desire in life and it is fine because there is always something that replaces the first thing. For example, Palamon and Arcite desire Emily, but they cannot have her. There will be something else that will fill their hearts with love and
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