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Amy Sexton 9/23/08 English 215 Section 308 Christopher Manslanka Assignment One Make Up, Lines 789-811 The Innkeeper of the Tabard Inn proposes a story-telling contest to the pilgrims. He seems to be a leader among the town. He speaks in an explanatory, but demanding way. He reminds the reader of another character in Chaucer’s tales, Nicolas from “The Miller’s Prologue and Tale”. This Innkeeper seems to be quite “full of himself” if he can challenge all the pilgrims to a contest, where he makes the rules and gives the rewards and consequences. The reader is under the impression that the Innkeeper likes the “sound of his own voice”. The “host” is not very “hostly” at all. He doesn’t suggest the competition, as far as the reader can tell, he politely demands it. His politeness is actually the largest contradiction. If one wants to enforce a competition, its rules and regulations, and the rewards and consequences; he doesn’t really need to speak kindly. The narrator
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Unformatted text preview: doesn’t seem to have a set opinion on the Innkeeper either, which makes the reader believe that he is self absorbed and centered. The narrator says earlier in lines 724-742 that he is simply relaying the facts of the story. He is trying to be honest and true in his tale. This implies that the reader should take the Innkeeper’s speech as they see it. Commanding that all “willing” pilgrims take part in the story-telling contest, and then reprimanding those who do not do well, and only rewarding one seems to show “leader-esque” qualities, but those of a self-absorbed, bossy man. Another thought crosses the reader’s mind, who can judge what is and is not a good story? Isn’t everyone entitled to their own opinion? The reader must suppose that the Innkeeper believes that he is the soul decision maker when it comes to the best story. Even though every pilgrim may not agree, he has the final judgment....
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