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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 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

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,...

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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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