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CliffsNotes on Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales - download pdf or read online

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By James L. Roberts

ISBN-10: 0544180143

ISBN-13: 9780544180147

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Join Chaucer's band of pilgrims on their trip in CliffsNotes at the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer's narrators characterize a large spectrum of society with a variety of ranks and occupations. From the prestigious and noble Knight, to the pious abbess, the honorable Clerk, the wealthy landowner, the worldly and crude spouse, and on down the size to the low, vulgar Miller and wood worker, and the corrupt Pardoner.
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Instead, as the dialogue moves forwards so the signifying possibilities of this term seem to expand. It is the art of ordering one’s household (or managing one’s wife to order one’s household); it is also an art of farming, and an art of military strategy and imperial government. 50 They also alert us to its rhetorical dimension: its use of displacement – represented in Socrates’ original refusal to teach Ischomachus – to make others feel as if they are becoming independent agents even as they are being enlisted to serve one’s interests.

In this form speakers tend to recognise that an opponent has something useful to say. One way of illustrating the difference between the two styles is to consider the way in which Cicero’s speakers use Socratic irony, the ‘pretended ignorance’ named in De oratore as dissimulatio and employed by Antonius, one of two leading speakers in this dialogue about the ideal orator. As we will see in chapter 2, Antonius does not feign ignorance in a round-about attempt to destroy the beliefs of his audience.

D omestical conversation I do not want to suggest, however, that this courtesy book is successful in its provision of an ‘honest’ critique, that is, a critique which makes transparent power within social exchange. Or to argue that it expresses genuine rivalry. One of the paradoxes of mid-century courtesy books like Guazzo’s is that civil conversation is discussed as a means of breaking down traditional social barriers and of reinforcing difference. This paradoxical opening and 34 Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature closing of the possibility for interaction seems to be repeated in the form of the treatise itself.

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