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WHEN PIGS FLY Throughout the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer participants of the pilgrimage tell stories to entertain one another These stories while amusing tend to have an underlying message one being the Franklins Tale The Franklins Tale is the most moral tale that has been read It is not told to make the other pilgrims laugh rather to explain an extremely important lesson Throughout life people say many things that are meant to be taken with a grain of salt and not literally like Sure Ill buy you a carWHEN PIGS FLY Well what would happen if one day pigs did fly Would the promise be honored Would it even have been considered a promise The Franklin effectively illustrates the danger of making such statements in a tale about a man who takes a comment made in jest literally In order to understand the tale it is necessary to grasp the nature of the Franklin The Franklin as described in the Prologue is white as a daisy-petal his beard A sanguine man high-coloured and benign p 12 Before the tales of the pilgrims are actually told Chaucer gives the reader a description of each pilgrim in order to understand the tales from the point of view of each pilgrim Chaucer creates an affable and pious man with his portrait of the Franklin The Franklin is a very pure man who is wealthy and kind to all He has a delicate and plentiful taste for food and wine and is very hospitable He made his household free to all the County p 12 The Franklin is portrayed as an ideal and righteous noble unlike most other nobles who are corrupt and take advantage of their wealth and power Chaucer concludes with one line that effectively characterizes the Franklin He was a model among landed gentry p 12 For every other participant of the pilgrimage Chaucer has some satirical comment
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