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By William F. Woods

Chaucerian areas explores the impact and the importance of area and position within the first six stories in Chaucer's Canterbury stories. rather little has been written approximately area within the Canterbury stories, but the rewards for getting to this element of Chaucer's aesthetic are huge. area exhibits the opportunity of attribute motion, improvement, and a extra profound expression of being. In those stories, characters inhabit a panorama and locations inside of it that categorical their internal lifestyles. Emelye in her backyard, Palamon and Arcite within the grove--all occupy areas or areas that appear social future and person purpose. house and subjectivity switch as territories fall down to families, and the horizons of recognition scale back to the middle of human cause. so much remarkable is the transformation of girls in position. Emelye, Alysoun, even Custance and the spouse of tub, stay in areas that categorical their social and monetary capability. they're in position, yet position is additionally in them: they merge in metaphor with the areas that categorical them, bringing the reader towards the practical, reflective event of the medieval topic.

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The next day, ready to duel, both their faces change color, paling as if they were spear hunters waiting for a lion or a bear. Then they are dueling, not like men, but Dwelling Places of Chivalry and Nature 27 metamorphically, like “a wood leon,” “a crueel tigre”—like wild boars “That frothen whit as foom for ire wood” (line 1659). Close to death, Palamon and Arcite have reached the bottom of their descent. Deep in the grove and ankledeep in blood, they are like the Minotaur at the center of his labyrinth, surrounded by his own inner darkness, his human reason utterly submerged.

While the theater is sixty paces high, the pyre is twenty fathoms broad. After the wood is piled on, Arcite is laid among cloth of gold, garlands, jewels, and spices—“richesse” analogous to the carvings and other expensive adornments Theseus lavished on the theater. The Greeks assemble in a “huge route” like the tournament audience, and as before, “goon / Hoom to Athenes, when the pley is doon” (lines 2963–64). Like the theater, the funeral pyre gathers to itself the world of chivalry in a ritual celebration.

As private dreams become public acts, in other words, the hunters become the hunted. We are going to find that the Miller’s Tale works in similar ways. To begin with, the house contains Alysoun, and so it becomes the setting—or better, the goal—of all the significant action in the tale. Each of the five episodes begins with one of the characters leaving or having left the house, creating an apparent opportunity for Nicholas or Absalom to approach Alysoun. Each time, the following interaction ends with a kind of music, which may or may not indicate harmony with Alysoun.

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