The obscure lessons of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower : an in-depth literary and linguistic study
Wilson, Elizabeth (Student of English)
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In order to establish the arguments found within this paper, I rigorously researched primary and secondary texts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and John Gower’s Confessio Amantis. My argument mostly consists of my own observations, as I analyzed the primary sources from both literary and linguistic perspectives, such as the authors’ use of biblical illusions, poetic diction, pronouns, sentence structure, argumentative style, and word choice. I also researched several scholarly articles on The Canterbury Tales and Confessio Amantis to grasp a broader understanding of the texts and look at them from new perspectives. Additionally, I researched the political, social, and economic circumstances of the fourteenth-century. After taking all this into consideration, I wrote my paper with a better understanding of what life was like for fourteenth-century women.