Other collections of tales existed before Chaucer

Other collections of tales existed before Chaucer - Other...

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Unformatted text preview: Other collections of tales existed before Chaucer's, the most famous being Boccaccio's Decameron , in which three young lords and seven young ladies agree to tell tales while they stay in a country villa to avoid the plague that is ravaging the cities. Because each of Boccaccio's narrators belongs to the same high social class, the Decameron tales are similar in their sophistication. Chaucer, however, came up with the ingenuous literary device of having a pilgrimage, a technique that allowed him to bring together a diverse group of people. Thus Chaucer's narrators represent a wide spectrum of society with various ranks and occupations. From the distinguished and noble Knight, we descend through the pious abbess (the Prioress), the honorable Clerk, the rich landowner (the Franklin), the worldly and crude Wife, and on down the scale to the low, vulgar Miller and...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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