METAPHORS IN THE CANTERBURY TALES

Some stories can evoke a series of emotional output on a reader and the Canterbury Tales is not left out of this. The breadth of skill employed by Chaucer and his familiarity with many literary forms and techniques makes it a nice read. The Canterbury Tales has a fair share of metaphors used and this depicts the use of linguistic devices on point. The majestic persuades and subdued teachings by the metaphors play a critical part in the Tales. Metaphors play a key role in hiding the true intent of a writer at the same time evoking different reactions by readers.

Christianity and the Bible use.

The use of metaphors is heavily employed in this literary works though based on the New and Old Testament of the Bible. This is major because England, the then home of the author, was dominated by Christianity under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic church thus the numerous employment of the metaphors derived from the Bible. The nun better termed as prioress by the Roman Catholic enshrines her use of Virgin Mary metaphorically giving out more on her story and expression while in the Tale of Bath’s wife in intent to question the validity and authenticity of the Bible, the wife uses well-set illustrations from the Bible while making references. The use Saint Cecelia also depicts biblical derivations and added use of personalities attributed to the Christian way of life. Saint Cecilia depicts the use of saints and other post-biblical happenings used as metaphors. By doing so implies Chaucer’s respect for the Christian doctrine signified by the placement of more religious stories and biblical referencing.

Employment of legends and myths.emotional expression via mythologies has been present in the timelines of generations and thus Chaucer’s time was no exception. References drawn by the knights to Greek mythologies depicts the way an avid reader would apply emotions from the Greek and Roman mythologies to the emotional expression and ideologies to the Knights story.

Chaucer was a well-traveled and vast learned man.His exposure to newer works and foreign works made him employ them on his Canterbury Tales.Chaucer borrowed some portions and sometimes very large sections of his tales from earlier stories and his metaphors are no exception. He would refer his readers at that time and readers to be too to outsourced sites.He well explained himself in the tales making the reader have a clearer and vivid expose on his metaphor as per their demands. The contemporary authors of Chaucer’s time like Giovanni Boccaccio and Dante had been living around Chaucer’s time and this made them have ideas of his works compared to other authors of different times.

Sexual slang and metaphors have been heavily employed in The Canterbury Tales.This depicts literary freedom in portraying openness. The fearless articulation of slang and sexual metaphor evokes and prompts a discussion as to what was regarded as erotic and one that was not in those times. The language depicts a lurid expression as the metaphor preempt graphic illustration. It is an outcry by many that some of the metaphors employed on this scale were old and strenuous to decipher since numerous translations have been made a difference in severity has arisen. Censorship on some of the sexual slang in many of the translations has evoked serious outcry as a section tend to be understandable and one depending on the person can determine from one’s opinion if the metaphor evokes a sense of sexualism. A majority of the Tales by Chaucer deal in many sexual forms but they seem to shine in similitude.

Gender as a metaphor in the Canterbury Tales .in the Wife to the Bath’s tale the woman is vividly used as a female protagonist and metaphorically a representation of the very low-class man with a socioeconomic obligation to deliver and to be under the rule of superior high class and well socioeconomically established individuals. These superiors are thus represented by men in the tale.

In conclusion, the Author depicts perfect mastery of the art of portraying the contemporary society in a metaphorical manner and all the happenings in the society be it in the family set up or in the religious set up.Aspects of modern society paralleling the already existent sociocultural notion at the time of writing are quite evident despite the feminist critique of Chaucer writing.Numerous ideologies can be derived from the metaphorical usage in Chaucer’s work and this can assist in many ways in the contemporary society.

 

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