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Chaucers Wife of Bath and his Pardoner are by far the most analysed critiqued and admired of all his characters Even for the Miller for his ridiculous and entertaining tale is there not as much discussion and general literary contributions than for these two characters And that is exactly why - they are characters One of the reasons as to why Chaucer has survived and been appreciated all these many years is the fact that he gave a person to a tale Traditionally before Chaucer made this evolutionary text stories where repeated for their moral and lesson Chaucer put behind these well-known tales a voice to tell and influence the events therein Each story has been heard before but not in such a way as this The host is holding a competition to see who can tell the best tale giving a personal lisence to each of his company to experiment as they know how The Knight tells his tale as only he can with such high rhetoric and bountiful descriptions of the main characters He bores us with his nobility and his priviledged ability The Miller who is drunk follows the Knights tale with his slapstick comedy drawing clever parallels between his preceders tale and his own It is probably the most amusing tale in the collection but does not lend itself to as vast a study as the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner The reason for this is very simple and has been stated before They are not simply voices that influence their stories from their professions they are literary characters in their own right exclusive of their tales If one took all the tales away from the Cantebury Tales we would find these two special people sitting talking in the bar - and they would probably have some economic and social stories and gossip to last them through the night With these two Chaucer has let his imagination run for a
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