For The Canterbury Tales, assess Chaucer's stance toward one of the pilgrims and how the tale is appropriate to the person telling it?

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For this assignment, the student must choose a tale and compare it to the character/storyteller.The Canterbury Taleshave many different characters telling entertaining stories to the other pilgrims during a long religious journey. The group is a mixture of people from different social classes; therefore, the stories are as different as the characters are from each other. Chaucer presents each story in the way that the character would act or be like.  For example, a knight was considered part of the noble class who would be invited to the castle of the Lord or King. He would be taught how to present himself on the battlefield as well as to the court. The Knight's tale is long, has an educated vocabulary and talks about adventure and noble deeds as was expected of a knight.  On the other hand, The Miller's Tale is the complete opposite. The Miller hails from the peasant class and doesn't sound educated in the least.  Moreover, the Miller's tale is about non-noble subjects, like farting out a window on someone he disagrees with. Hence, the Knight's tale is Romantic and the Miller's tale is Natural or Realistic and that is how Chaucer exposed each character's origin, education and satus as he viewed it during his life time.


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