Obedience Unto Absurdity: Griselda’s Failure as a Wife in “The Clerk’s Tale”

The ingredients for a healthy marriage have been at issue as long as the idea of marriage has existed. In “The Clerk’s Tale,” Geoffrey Chaucer challenges readers’ perceptions of the marriage ideal, especially in the context of courtly love. While Griselda is of lower social station than Walter, how far does her obligation to obedience … Continue reading Obedience Unto Absurdity: Griselda’s Failure as a Wife in “The Clerk’s Tale”

There Is None So [Happy]: The Importance of Honesty in Chaucer’s “The Merchant’s Tale”

While there is no question that love and physical compatibility are of paramount importance for a healthy marriage, they are not exclusive requirements. In “The Merchant’s Tale”, Geoffrey Chaucer presents readers with problems that arise when necessary virtues are missing from a marital relationship. Through their distrust and betrayal of one another, Januarie and May … Continue reading There Is None So [Happy]: The Importance of Honesty in Chaucer’s “The Merchant’s Tale”