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This essay compares the conception honor in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" and "The Franklin's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales. The problem of honor seems to be timeless in its difficulties. There are many ideas and opinions concerning this delicate subject, which always is popular, along with its ability to frustrate and perplex the human. During the time of Chaucer, females such as the Wife of Bath were asserting their rights against the forces of male chauvinism. Apparently, the battle of the sexes for supremacy is everlasting in its intensity and has always been fought. Consequently, we have both male and female chauvinists, and they appear in Chaucer's works. They make for interesting reading.
In “The Franklin’s Tale,” Averagus and Dorigen get married and the vow to always respect each other and the other’s words and actions. Shortly after getting married he is gone to England for two years, and while he is away his wife weeps, fasts, and laments his absence. Dorigen sits on the shore looking at bare rocks that are near by and during this time she becomes fear...


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