He is inscribing a female voice which critiques the very action of inscribing the female voice, making it necessarily and paradoxically inauthentic. Thus, it could be said that Chaucer acknowledged the unbalanced gender power structure of the literary and artistic
He does not take the measure to simply admit to additionally wanting money, rather, exploits his sole desire for wealth and fortune. This creates a situation of verbal irony, as his job consists of his preaching against greed driven by his own greed. Finally, Chaucer exemplifies the true greedy persona the Church withholds through the voice of the Pardoner stating he, “will preach and beg in sundry lands;/ I will not work and labour with my hands” (“Pardoner’s Prologue” 157-158). In case the audience was not already in light of the mask the church hides behind, the pardoner proves once his true greediness. He states that he will not “work and labour” with his hands as the apostles did, who wove baskets
The pilgrimage and all that it entails is a combination of a sincerely devout journey as well as a pleasure trip. The choice of a pilgrimage for a framework for his collection of short stories also allowed Chaucer to accomplish one more very unusual thing: the storytellers, the pilgrims, because of their interests as people, often overshadow the stories that they tell. The General Prologue, known as the gallery of portraits, makes full use of the little human affectations and pretentions. Chaucer’s method of selection appears to have been a collection of characters which stand out as archetypes of fourteenth century England and as individuals. The secret of Chaucer converting stereotypical characters into living individuals is hidden in the pregnant phrase, a brief comment touching upon universal human actions or attitudes, which brings to the reader a host of associations based on his personal experiences.
The knights held social and political power as Chaucer said, “A knyght ther was, and that a worthy man.” The influential role the knights held during the Middle Ages was not achieved by chance, but by education, faith, and by strictly following the rules of chivalry. The knights used to be chivalrous, religious, honest and courteous. This is very similar to Chaucer’s description of the Knight. As he said, “he loved chivalrie, Trouthe and honour, freedom and curteisie.” The article also says that the main duty of knights was the military service. And the best way to acquire the highest level of combat skills was competing in various battles and tournaments (“Knights in Middle Ages”, 2011).
I personal think that the old man is Death considering that he said if they would find Death under the tree. At first the friends were all going to split the gold but as time went on greed changed them. Once the money was introduced in the story the friends turned on each other. Chaucer was really good about explaining his ideals about lust in “The wife of Bath’s Tale”. The main character was The Knight, one day he saw a beautiful lady I couldn’t resist temptation in lust and raped her in lines (30- 38).
Ironically all his patients that he has examined will be sent to a group of apothecaries, with whom he 's worked out a financial deal that 's made him rich. So, wealthy is he that he 's able to afford expensive “blood-red garments, slashed with bluish gray And lined with taffeta, he rode his way;” He was apparently secular and not interested in religion, as seen in line 448: “He did not read the bible very much” Yet, despite this one conspicuous display of wealth, the Doctor is moderate overall, partaking of a diet that 's modest and nourishing while saving up most of his gold. Chaucer explains further stating in lines 451-454: “Yet he was rather close as to expenses And kept the gold he won in pestilences. Gold stimulates the heart, or so we’re told. He therefore had a special love of gold.” Additionally, Chaucer criticized the behavior of another character, the Friar.
In the pardoner's tales, the moral is how greed can destroy people. Whereas the moral in “The Wife of Bath Tale” applies to rape. In “The Pardoner's Tale”, Chaucer explains,“ No longer was it death those fellows sought, For they were so thrilled to see the sight, the gold was so beautiful and bright” (171-174). “And with that poison he could kill his friends. To men in such a state the Devil sends Thoughts of this kind, and has a full permission To lure them on to sorrow and perdition; For this young man was utterly content To kill them both and never to repent” (246-251).
In the Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the most significant characters is the Wife of Bath. She has radical views about women and marriage in a time when what is expected from a woman is to be passive and submissive in a relationship. She is one of the story tellers of the book. Besides her story, there is also another part of the book where we can learn about Wife of Bath herself, the main prologue. When a comparison is made between these two parts, one can see not only some similiraties but differences, as well.