The Canterbury Tales (Thrifty Classic Literature Book 74)



The Canterbury Tales Thrifty Classic Literature Book 74 Author Geoffrey Chaucer Liversite.co.uk The Canterbury Tales Recounts The Stories Told By Pilgrims To One Another As They Make Their Way From London To The Shrine Of St Thomas Beckett In Canterbury This Volume Contains The Pardoner S Tale A Story Rich In Detail About The Exploitation Of Ordinary Folk In Medieval Times At The Hands Of Men Of Religion This Interlinear Edition Places Chaucer S Original Middle English Text In Alternating Rows With A New Translation Into Modern English This Allows Readers To Understand Unfamiliar Words And Phrases Immediately And Without Needing To Look Elsewhere The Translation Into Modern English Differs Only Slightly From Those Found Elsewhere Here, The Key Difference Is That Each Line Is Translated Separately, And Thereby Avoids The Problem Seen In Some Translations That Words Are Borrowed From Adjacent Lines To Help Maintain Chaucer S Rhyming Structure Accordingly, This Translation Adheres Closely To Chaucer S Own Words Although, In Doing So, It May Occasionally Contain Rather Descriptive Explanations Than Is Usual In Translated Works Nevertheless, This Word For Word Approach Will Greatly Assist Those New To Chaucer S Middle English Parents Will Be Pleased That The Pardoner S Tale Contains No Lewdness Or Vulgarity As Can Be Found In Some Of The Other Canterbury Tales In This Regard, It May Appropriately Be Studied At Middle School Level This Volume Contains The Complete And Unabridged Text With Line Numbers Together With An Easily Understandable Translation Into Modern English Which Means It Offers Excellent Value For Money.The Canterbury Tales (Thrifty Classic Literature Book 74)

Geoffrey Chaucer c 1343 October 25, 1400 was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacu

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  1. says:

    Wow truly surprising The story is three fold The pardoner, a man of the cloth, reveals to the entourage how immoral he is despite being society s moral standard Next, he gives a brilliant, passionate sermon on human vices, then ends with a startling tale to illustrate his points.I m sincerely beside myself with how deeply Chaucer delves into this character s complex personality Ir s equally shocking he slams the Church so hard Any history I ve read indicates that doing so wa...

  2. says:

    3.5

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    Short review from memory until I re read and re review at a later date The second book I ve been made to read in academic circles that I ve actually enjoyed I think so What I liked so much was that it s in Ye Olde Englis...

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    This was the tale I had studied at A level and my first taste of Chaucer I hated this character, he was as corrupt as others in his profession But yet he is seen to be boasting of his corruption I remember when I was studying this, I mainly foun...

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    The Canterbury Tales has survived for some 650 years and with good reason Originally conceived as a vast project whereby a group of disparate individuals from all walks of life undertake a pilgrimage to Canterbury and decide to establish a competition on route to alleviate the boredom itself a humorous joke on the fact that they should all really be considering their sins and thinking on God a story telling competition they will relay one tale each on the way there and one on the way back The charismatic host will then decide on the winner As with Shakespeare, many of the tales are not necessarily original They are drawn from and inspired by other literature of the era as well as Chaucer s own imagination Moreover, as with Shakespeare the numerous different copies transcribed by scribes and relayed by word of mouth have resulted in many of the tales having multiple versions and some becoming mere fragments Further, many of the tales have either been lost or were never completed due to Chaucer s untimely death There is an enormous amount of scholarship surrounding Chaucer and the authorship of his tales However, what remains important about them to my mind is not whether h...

  6. says:

    Fragment VI of The Canterbury Tales consists of just two tales, from the Physician and the Pardoner.The Physician s tale is another of Chaucer s tales of abused women This time a young girl, just 14 years of age, who is beautiful and free from vice, about whom the local judge develops a fixation He rigs up a legal case stating that the girl isn t the man s daughter, but an escaped servant and forces the man to surrender his daughter to a paid lacky of the judge The man goes back to daughter and convinces her to kill herself instead of submitting to dishonour The mob then discover what s happened and kill the judge Lots and lots of similarities to the story of the Rape of Lucrece, which Shakespeare turned into a long poem, but on the back of half a dozen similar stories in the tales, it s all starting to grow a bit samey and bit anti women.The Pardoner, however, is a different kettle of fish A braggart, a self publicist, a self deluded hypocrit, a lover of words, a man who apparently sees nothing wrong in revealing to all how he fleeces the poor folk out their few pennies to kiss a sheep s s...

  7. says:

    I may or may not have rapped this entire story

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    The Pardoner, along with the Wife of Bath and the Host, are the most vivid and dynamic of Chaucer s pilgrims The Pardoner is a wretched man, boastful of his nefarious arts yet confident enough to then ply them on his fellow pilgrims It s not enough that he is a con artist, he must tell others of his exploits But he can t help but then try to con them with his tricks When trying his arts on the Host, the Host takes him down a few pegs, responding he d rather cut off his the Pardoner s testicles and carry them in hog s turds rather than kiss the Pardoner s relics The Pardoner s story is great What I find most interesting is the old man who is also seeking Death not to kill it, but to submit to it Worn by time and age, made weak and withered, he seeks to return to the Earth, to the mother, and he raps upon the ground with his cane to gain entrance It s a very stark interlude in an already dark story The Cambridge edition has a v...

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    The Pardoners tale although somewhat off putting with Chaucers language , tells us than som moral thing but in fact many great lessons for our lives to keep, using many biblical terms and phrases to heighten these His sermon interlude is stunningly inserted betwixt his prologue hideous description and tale of the three revellers who blaspheme in hunting for death but instead despite their brethren and brotherhood beliefs end up being the deaths of eachother as they find florins of gold and not satisfied with what they have, plan and plot to kill one another This heightens the sharpness of Chaucers wit and his ultimate ironic ability to describe character and characiture Although reading this can be a challenge, I highly recommend it because the repugnant character that is The Pardoner is brilliantly executed by Chaucer as he is the ultimate villain and although we may be shocked to learn this, we know from historical sources that ch...

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    I liked it alot because it s such a hypocritical story The pardoner using everyday objects and lies saying that they are real relics He then entices the peasants to come to his lectures where he discusses greed is bad and the only way to go to heaven is pay the pardoner for your sins He tells the people of a story of 3 drunk guys at a bar, who want to avenge deat, who is apparently a living being They find an old man, who tells them under an oak tree there is death and money 2 of the men suggest the youngest to go to town to get the, dinner, so they can take turns moving all the money throughout the night The youngest is mad, so he goes to town and buys poison to kill the other 2 people, so he gets all the money The other 2 are at the tree waiting to sneak up on the youngest and kill him with a knife The youngest returns and is stabbed The older two are sitting eating the food only to dink the poisoned wine The Lesson is that greediness kills...

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