Critical Companion to Chaucer: A Literary Reference to His by Rosalyn Rossignol

By Rosalyn Rossignol

The 'Critical spouse to Literature' will lead each pupil and veteran student on a hugely worthwhile pilgrimage via 'The Canterbury stories' and Chaucer's different nice works.

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Metrum 6 uses Nero as an example of one who was blessed by Fortune, yet who performed great wickedness. Prosa 7 The narrator responds to this part of Fortune’s arguments by saying that he never coveted material things, but rather desired power in order to perform virtuous deeds so that men should remember his good government. Philosophy points out that this indicates a desire for glory or renown, which conflicts with perfect virtue. She deflates the meaningfulness of even this enterprise by reminding the narrator how insignificant the earth is when compared to the vastness of the heavens.

When weeks pass and she has not heard from him, Alcyone suspects that something may have gone wrong and prays to the goddess Juno for news of her husband. Juno sends Morpheus, the god of sleep, to animate the drowned body of Seys, making it appear and speak to Alcyone in a dream in which he reveals his fate. Three days after learning of the king’s death, Alcyone dies of overwhelming grief. Part Three When he has finished the tale, the narrator decides to try praying to Morpheus for sleep, naively promising to give the god a feather bed if he will come to the narrator’s aid.

He now feels himself equipped to handle whatever new assaults Fortune makes on his well-being. He asks Philosophy to continue with his education and to reveal more of the remedies to which she had alluded earlier. Philosophy notes that she has saved this set of remedies for later because they are, at first, more biting or painful than the others; however, once put into practice, they will seem sweet. By following Philosophy’s teaching, he will be led to true happiness. First, however, she will further explain the false goods or false causes of happiness so that, fully understanding them, he will be more able to repudiate them and to embrace true happiness.

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