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chaucer student posts on 3/10/2011 8:20:07 PM hello there! I'm an 11th grade highschool student, and am writing my final assignment for an elective on Chaucer and the canterbury tales. The paper i'm writing is on the Friars tale. I was wondering if you all could offer some opinions on it - your analysis, really. (I've already written most of my paper, just curious to see what you all think of it, and what you think Chaucers true intentions were in writing it.) note: not looking for you to do my homework, just interested in a different point of view. (pic kind of related. just finished another project for this class where i brought the canterbury tales to a modern audience -- i depicted them as crazy homeless people wandering around NYC, and this is the friar's mugshot. :) )
posts on 9/10/2006 10:18:39 AM The fact that this book was written during the middle ages astounds me. The issues which are covered contain a wide variety of sex, adultery, death and murder. Canterbury tales truly are once of the most astounding tales which were written, and they still continue to be humorous over 600 years on. The fact that they cover issues, which some, still happen today, but on a wider scale, and adultery is more socially acceptable today (in some senses, for example there are more divorces due to aldultery then ever before) then it probably was then, however, although written in old English, there are modern versions about, and abriged versions, which tell you in modern English (people are allowed to 'cheat' you know) This is truly an enjoyable book, of which, the plot is more similar to the 21st century then people realise.

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