Canterbury Tales Comparison between Wife of Baths Tale and the Pardoners Tale

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The Canterbury Tales. Geoffery Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is an example of an extremely complicated and wondrous piece of fictional work. This story is a fourteenth frame narrative from Britain. The main story line's plot is a contest between thirty pilgrims on their way to Thomas Becket's Canterbury shrine tell tales. Harry Baily is the lead pilgrim and is identified as "the host," states that in order to win the contest the pilgrim must tell “tales of best sentence and moost solaas,” this means that the pilgrim which tells the tale with a moral lesson and must be entertaining to the group during the few days that it took to make their way from London to their destination (800). Chaucer was unable to finish his one hundred twenty tales he originally planned one writing and only completed twenty-four. The most noticeable of these twenty-four tales belong to two of the most beloved pilgrims by his readers and Chaucer himself. Even though "The Pardoners Tale" was entertaining and moral "The Wife Of Baths Tale" is obviously the more moral and entertaining of the two tales. "The Wife of Bath's tale" is the more likely candidate to win against "The Pardoner's Tale" in morality side of the host's competition, the more important of the two qualities. The reason her tale has morality is the goodness of the poor and downtrodden. Once her story is near its end and the knight, her protagonist, is face to face with the old woman, the antagonist, the wife's message becomes clear. The very first of her ideas is that gentleness, the most prized quality by the upper class, does not come from the class that someone is born into but rather their choices. “For though they give us all their heritage… they cannot bequeath… their virtuous living” (263-6). Through the wife's narrative it is explained that class is something someone earns on their own, not something that someone

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