It is obvious, however, that Chaucer borrowed portions, sometimes very large portions, of his stories from earlier stories, and that his work was influenced by the general state of the literary world in which he lived.
Plot[ edit ] The Second Nun's Tale explains the story of a young noble lady named Cecilia, and how her unwavering faith in God transformed her into Saint Cecilia. Chaucer was the first author to use the work of these last two, both Italians.
A quarter of the tales in The Canterbury Tales parallel a tale in the Decameron, although most of them have closer parallels in other stories. Recording in reconstructed Middle English pronunciation Problems playing this file?
When she tells him he must marry her, the knight begrudgingly agrees, and when he allows her to choose whether she would like to be beautiful and unfaithful or ugly and faithful, she rewards him by becoming both beautiful and faithful.
Corrupt summoners would write false citations and frighten people into bribing them to protect their interests. Even when she was betrothed to a man named Valerian, on her wedding day she begged God again to protect her virginity and sang to him, "O Lord, keep my soul and my body unspotted, lest I be confounded.
Chanticleer is also a bit vain about his clear and accurate crowing voice, and he unwittingly allows a fox to flatter him out of his liberty. He is everything that the Monk, the Friar, and the Pardoner are not. She stated that Almachius "in all things an ignorant officer and a vain judge".
To win her, both are willing to fight to the death. Saint Cecilia's body analysed[ edit ] Throughout the story, the importance of chastity is first to Saint Cecilia. In "Body Symbolism in the Book of Margery Kempe", Susan Morgan states that, "medieval theologians and hagiographers viewed female sin as intrinsically bodily and sexual, emanating from within.
Indeed, the Miller seems to enjoy overturning all conventions: These crowns are symbolic of the divine and his brother's and Cecilia's faith in God, and they lure Tiburce to seek this divinity and become a believer.
She fell in love with her fifth husband, Jankyn, while she was still married to her fourth. Eventually, Almachius orders his men to capture Cecilia, which they do successfully, and they bring her to him during which she boldly spites him with religiously charged words and champions her faith.
The word "pitee", for example, is a noble concept to the upper classes, while in the Merchant's Tale it refers to sexual intercourse. Almachius, a Roman prefect, does not. Cecilia's body is a symbol for her unwavering faith, and devotion.
These traits define the three and eventually lead to their downfall. Both Tiburce and Valerian still come forward for the execution as a show of faith, and as their heads fall their spirits rise up to heaven converting even more spectators. It is unclear whether Chaucer would intend for the reader to link his characters with actual persons.
Almachius orders her execution by a boiling bath; however, due to her faith Cecilia sits safely in the bath. Eventually, Chanticleer outwits the fox by encouraging him to boast of his deceit to his pursuers. After Cecilia buried the three of them, Almachius sent for some of his men to seize her and have her taken to Jupiter to make a sacrifice, who were also converted by her preaching.
Though she is a seamstress by occupation, she seems to be a professional wife. Miracle stories connected to his remains sprang up soon after his death, and the cathedral became a popular pilgrimage destination.
Synopsis[ edit ] A virgin maiden, Cecilia, is to be wedded to a man Valerian. A full list is impossible to outline in little space, but Chaucer also, lastly, seems to have borrowed from numerous religious encyclopaedias and liturgical writings, such as John Bromyard 's Summa praedicantiuma preacher's handbook, and Jerome 's Adversus Jovinianum.
Storytelling was the main entertainment in England at the time, and storytelling contests had been around for hundreds of years.The Canterbury Tales is the last of Geoffrey Chaucer's works, and he only finished 24 of an initially planned tales.
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Cecilia, the focus of the Second Nun's Tale " The Second Nun's Tale " (Middle English: Þe Seconde Nonnes Tale), originally written in late Middle English, is part of Geoffrey Chaucer 's The Canterbury Tales, which was a collection of 24 stories telling of various people.
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Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Creighton, James Joseph, "Chaucer's Presentation of the Church in the Canterbury Tales " (). CHAUCER'S PRESENTATION OF THE CHURCH IN THE CANTERBURY TALES.' -by James Joseph Creighton, S.J. A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty or the Graduate School or Loyola University in Partial Fulfillment of that the Parson should close the Tales.
Comparison/Contrast Essay: the Monk & the Parson Geoffrey Chaucer is hailed as the father of English poetry. One of his greatest works is a collection of short stories known as The Canterbury Tales.
The Parson - The only devout churchman in the company, the Parson lives in poverty, but is rich in holy thoughts and deeds. The pastor of a sizable town, he preaches the Gospel and makes sure to practice what he preaches.Download