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Parson and Retraction

Parson and Retraction - restitution Is that the typical way...

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Chaucer English 315 “The Parson’s Tale” and “The Retraction” Read the entire “Retraction” and the following sections of “The Parson’s Tale” “Prologue” (lines 1-74) on Penitence (lines 75-133) on Confession (lines 316-336) on Sin (lines 386-390) more on Confession (lines 980-1025) Conclusion (lines1075-1080) 1. Why does “The Parson’s Tale” conclude The Canterbury Tales ? 2. In what ways is the Canterbury pilgrimage a metaphor for life? 3. In what ways is it like (and NOT like) the sacrament of Penance or the practice of confession (confessing one’s sins to a priest in exchange for absolution of those sins)? 4. Identify in the Tale the definitions of Penitence’s three parts: Contrition, Confession, and Satisfaction. Note the ways in which intention (what one thinks) must match what one confesses, and how that speech must be supported by action (penance or
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Unformatted text preview: restitution). Is that the typical way in which language functions in the Tales? As a true replica of intention, and as an accurate portrayal of the similarity of word and deed? (see lines 980-1025) 5. In what way are the pilgrims serving as “confessors” hearing and forgiving the stories of their fellow travelers? 6. In what ways does Chaucer’s “Retraction” serve as an “ending” to The Canterbury Tales ? In what ways does it not? 7. In what ways might this retraction be seen as a game, or as similar to other false apologias that were really advertisements earlier in the text? Locate at least two other instances in The Canterbury Tales where we hear an apologia or a warning that the subject matter may not be appropriate for all readers!...
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