Date of publication: 2017-09-02 14:17
With ongoing talks about income inequality in America and perhaps our own personal experiences, many of us are familiar with the concept of different socioeconomic classes and the bickering that often goes on between them. Don't think this is new, though, just because it's happening today. In fact, much of the satire - the criticism of social or literary institutions through the use of comedic elements - found in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales displays this age-old war between the various social estates , or groups of people categorized by their level of socioeconomic influence.
Despite its glorified accounts of the chivalrous lives of gentlemen, the Knights Tale proves to be more than a tragically romantic saga with a happy ending. For beneath this guise lies an exploration into the trifling world of the days.
CANTERBURY TALES THE MERCHANT’S TALE SAM TAYLOR 59/58/7555 Chaucer has let January become the character he is partially down to the fact of his age.
Chaucer noted, of course, that money mattered to all three of these groups, and greed in particular is cited as problematic in his satire. However, the criticism and humor found throughout his collection of tales is more complex than simply pointing out individual vices and setting the three-tiered system against itself.
Tastefully attired in nice boots and an imported fur hat, the Merchant speaks constantly of his profits. The merchant is good at borrowing money, but clever enough to keep anyone from knowing that he is in debt. The narrator does not know his name. After the Merchant comes the Clerk, a thin and threadbare student of philosophy at Oxford, who devours books instead of food. The Man of Law, an influential lawyer, follows next. He is a wise character, capable of preparing flawless legal documents. The Man of Law is a very busy man, but he takes care to appear even busier than he actually is.
Much of the satire - the criticism of social or literary institutions through the use of comedic elements - found in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales focuses on the feuds between the Three Estates : the clergy ( First ), nobility ( Second ), and peasantry ( Third ).
Really, a good portion of Chaucer's satire and other critical elements in the The Canterbury Tales is devoted to criticizing the Church and organized religion in general. One of the most famous critiques of the First Estate, though, comes from 'The Summoner's Tale,' which follows a friar on his rounds of begging and preaching.
Knights And their role in medieval society. Knights were an integral part of medieval society. They originally began with primitive warriors such as the Mongols