The Franklin's Prologue and Tale

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Chaucer English 315 “The Franklin’s Prologue and Tale” 1. What is revealed about the Franklin in his comments after the Squire tells his Tale (p.159, lines 673-708) and in the “Prologue” to his Tale (p.160, lines 709-28)? 2. How is the courtship and marriage of Dorigen and Arveragus described? What is “typical” or “atypical” about their arrangement? (730-805) 3. Does the tale prove the Franklin’s comment early in the Tale that “Love wol nat been constrained by maistrye” (764)? Does this comment quyte other assertions about marriage in the Marriage Group? 4. Comment on the characterization of Dorigen (815-893), particularly her mourning in the absence of her husband and her angry prayer to “Eterne God” (865). 5. What courtly love elements characterize the meeting and description of Dorigen and Aurelius (900-1011)? 6.
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Unformatted text preview: What does it mean for Dorigen to say something “in pley” (988)? Are the consequences merited? 7. Aurelius’ scheme to enlist the aid of the gods fails. What does he propose? Why do you think he receives no answer? (1030-1080) 8. What clerks come to Aurelius’ aid in the Tale? What means do they use? How should we respond to the arts of the “tregetoure”? (1125ff) 9. The word “trouthe” is used several times in the Tale, by Dorigen (998), Aurelius (1231, 1320, 1328), and Arveragus (1474, 1479). The MED defines trouthe as truth, troth, promise, or fidelity. How would you define it? Who keep “trouthe”? 10. How does everyone escape their commitments at the end of this tale? Do you find competition in the Tale? How would you answer the “demande d’amour” at the end of the Tale? Who is the most “fre” (generous)?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course ENGL 315 taught by Professor Caldwell during the Spring '09 term at CSU Fullerton.

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