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What is the summary of the "The Skipper's Tale" from Canterbury Tales?

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crownprincess | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2008 at 11:05 PM via web

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What is the summary of the "The Skipper's Tale" from Canterbury Tales?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 11, 2008 at 1:37 AM (Answer #1)

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The Skipper does not have a tale in "Canterbury Tales." He is mentioned in the Prologue, but he does not have a tale.  The "Shipman's Tale" is a tale where "the Shipman is clearly bored with morality. He wants nothing of a sermonizing nature in his tale; its only purpose is to entertain. His tale is another example of fabliau, with its emphasis on trickery and sex. Like many of the other tales, this one centers on a theme of marriage. The beautiful wife in this story manages both her husband and Don John by bestowing her sexual favors with enthusiasm to achieve her own ends."

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