In vague ways, the notions which are expressed in fairy tales represent universal human problems in which people need to triumph over. In fairy tales, children are able to locate the answers to their own trials and tribulations [i]and because of this, fairy tales serve as tools for children to understand parts of themselves and also to understand others. Although fairy tales are usually regarded as juvenile, these tales convey deeper meaning and invoke emotions from both younger and older readers.
Contact Author Canterbury Tales is set on a pilgrimage of many. Source Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the most noted writers of the fourteenth century. Though Chaucer wrote many things, mostly poetry, his greatest work was the extensive Canterbury Tales. It began as a listing of people on a pilgrimage to Canterbury, and then continued with each person telling a tale or story along the way.
This allowed Chaucer to understand the affairs of upper class-and middle-class, as well as their relationship to the lower-class. He was also very well educated, which was not typical of his era.
Especially having been born into the middle-class. The Canterbury Tales is set up so that each pilgrim tells a story on the way to Canterbury.
From the beginning of Canterbury Tales, he shows how the younger generation was beginning to reject the old way of life. Though he is training for the same profession, he focuses on such issues as singing and poetry, rather than heroism and integrity as his father did.
Knighting lost much of its importance in England during the century before this was written and its idea of chivalry. Source Representative of Role Changing within Society Not only does Canterbury Tales reflect the way in which societies roles were changing within the elite, but also the ideas regarding religion during the fourteenth century.
Canterbury Tales is about a pilgrimage. Jestice defines pilgrimages as a journey that Christians took to the tomb of a Saint.
This gives the modern historian a better understanding of how those who worked within the church were viewed and also what was valued within these men and women during this time. Robin, the Miller, with the bagpipe Robin, the miller was one character from the Canterbury Tales. The parson was considered to be the ideal clergyman during medieval times.
He was holy in his thought, intelligent, as well as visited with the sick and tried to bring souls to God. On the other hand, Chaucer denounces many of the clergymen, which reveals that even in the fourteenth century there was hypocrisy within the church.
Though recklessness is not sinful, the fact that Chaucer relayed this information about the monk as a negative trait reveals that during this time, a clergyman was expected to be prudent and level-headed. Chaucer also felt it was important to describe his sleeves as being fur-lined.
Immediately after the description of the monk, Chaucer writes about a nun. Her description not only reflects how the religious figures of that time would have been viewed, but also women in general. This again indicates that not all people of faith were as virtuous as expected, revealing to the historian possible negative feelings from laypeople towards the clergy.
This change would eventually cause England to shift away from being a completely patriarchal society. The Norton Anthology points out that there were many anti-feminist writings that the medieval church fostered.
Women during this period were expected to be wholesome and submissive to their husbands. His first hint to this change is during the General Prologue as he writes about the Wife of Bath. She has had five husbands plus extra-marital affairs in her youth.
This shows that sex was no longer something that only men sought.
Though Chaucer did not intend for a historian to believe that this was common; he did want to show that there were woman who had affairs as well as men. During her story, she conveys her feelings towards who should rule a house.
Being a very feminist woman, she felt that responsibility should lie with the wife. Though, the fact that she was able to tell this story, presents the idea that a woman was able to more openly share their thoughts, without complete denunciation. Also, it reflected that women were beginning to have their own identities with at least minimal influence in society.
Though Chaucer was merely one man, and could only reflect his beliefs and ideas, his writings in Canterbury Tales is an important work to continue to be studied today. Through his fictional analysis of people from all areas of society, it better educates the historian during this time frame.
Canterbury Tales not only reflects the ways in which the fourteenth century was evolving, but it also was setting the stage for what England would become, and eventually the United States. Therefore, The Canterbury Tales should be considered an important historical document.
Works Cited Chaucer, Geoffrey. Norton and Company, On the Importance of Fairy Tales Should we continue to read these often frightening stories to our children? Posted Jun 06, In modern times we too often forget the importance of reading fairy tales to our kids.
Why are fairy tales so important? Fairy tales teach us about ourselves and our society, help us to find solutions for variety of problems, tell us what is right and wrong and of course they have incredibly comforting effect.
Not only do fairy tales prepare our kids for society and making moral decisions, they teach them how to deal with conflict within themselves. Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, who specialised in the importance of fairy tales in childhood, believed that fairy tales can aid children in dealing with anxiety they are, as yet, unable to explain.
1 The Relevance of Fairy Tales Jack Zipes Some years ago, in one of the more interesting studies of the fairy tale in German, Die Zaubergärten der Phantasie: Zur Theorie und Geschichte des Kunstmärchens, Friedmar Apel argued that “the history of the literary fairy tale is also the history of the.
the lavender cubbyhole, poetry in the yellow, fairy tales in the blue. I went through a horse phase and a fairy tale phase, but the fairy tales are the ones that stuck with me. One of my favorite books was the ―Folk and Fairy Tales‖ volume of the old Bookshelf for Boys and Girls series.
Jack Zipes is the author of a staggering array of articles, essays and books on the subject of fairy tales*, including The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World and Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales.