november 12 (chaucer clerk's tale)

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November 12, 2009 – Clerk’s Tale Marriage Debate – nature of marriage (WoB’s tale, “clerks can’t speak well about wives) – clerk’s challenges WoB’s tale (possible response to WoB prologue/tale) Genre: romance, folk tale, exemplum, saint’s life = “legend” Referred to as a “gentle tale” – WoB gentility = action (vs. birth) Pathos vs. tragedy (feelings of sorrow) – both sad tales but different pathos – helplessness tragedy – feelings of sympathy for going through tragedy pathetic vs. tragic 6 or 7 copies (English) French, Italian, Latin – Boccacio (Decameian) 1353 ** Petrarch 1373-74 Part 1: Intro to Walter and his agreement to marry Part 2: intro to Griselda, pledge obedience birth daughter Part 3: taking of child (TEST 1) Part 4: birth of her son (TEST 2) Prologue – Clerk says to Host “I am under your obedience” Parallel characters: Clerk – Griselda, Host – Walter
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