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The Merchant's Tale

In “The Merchant's Tale” and the story's prologue, Chaucer both incorporates and critiques ideas of courtly love and romance. In the prologue, the tendency is far more toward critique. The Merchant...

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The Merchant's Tale

In "The Merchant's Tale," Chaucer presents women through the prism of idealized perception and reality. Thus, a woman is all of these things: deceitful, materialistic, vulnerable, tender-hearted,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

In these lines, the speaker describes Damyan as a man filed with woe, languishing for love. He is enraptured with May, the wife of his master, January, but of course, he struggles to tell her of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

The Merchant's Tale has many themes in common with the other Canterbury Tales. Here are some of the most important: May, the scheming and sexual wife of January poses many questions about the role...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

[You've left few clues as to whether you are studying Chaucer in Middle English or contemporary English translation. To be on the safe side, I'll give quotes in both, as I usually work in Middle...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012, 2:54 am (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

You can find this information in the eNotes study guide on The Canterbury Tales in the summary of "The Merchant's Tale." I've pasted a link to this article below, but here are some...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2008, 10:05 am (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

The Merchant's Tale is about marriage. January, an old man, loves a woman named May who is much younger than he and also very beautiful. Though he is warned that old men should never marry young...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

The Merchant tells the tale of an old knight who has had enough of gallivanting round dating ladies and wants to settle down and get married. He is relatively old at sixty but of course wants a...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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The Merchant's Tale

The effect of “gentillesse” upon the audience in lines 704-716 of “The Merchant's Tale” is to make us aware of Januarie's nobility, one of the most important qualities of a knight. The word...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2021, 10:15 am (UTC)

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