This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

To Gloss, Or Not To Gloss, That Is The Question –

1205 words - 5 pages

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer can be understood as a text that criticizes glossing and those who gloss. In this case, glossing a text is the comments, explanations, and interpretations one infers from reading the piece of literature and the understanding that can be taken away from it; this is different for every individual who reads the written word. I believe Chaucer wrote some of these tales as a critique of certain figures in his society. The question one should ask when reading, or being read to, is what is the meaning behind the text and where does the meaning lie. When, directly, reading a text one can determine the meaning of the author through one’s own interpretation. ...view middle of the document...

Chaucer is demonstrating the importance of who is and who should be glossing the text; ‘to gloss’ in Chaucer’s mind is a negative idea. He presents glossing as a form of deceit and lying and uses it as a form of flattery since Jankyn “…so wel koude he me glose” the Wife of Bath; this use of glossing makes the flattery negative since Jankyn beats her (WBT 509). Through the Wife of Bath’s Tale (including the Prologue) Chaucer demonstrates that men, both of the church and not, have always held the power to gloss; this glossing leads to books of women’s wickedness, rules imposed and enforced by the civil and ecclesiastical courts on women, and negative and neglectful treatment of daughters and wives, men’s “property”. Chaucer neither endorses a male dominated glossing authority nor does he put his faith in a female authority because “[b] God, if wommen hadde writen stories / … / They wolde han writen of men moore wikkednesse / Then al the mark of Adam may redrese” (WBT 693-96). Once the wife’s tale is told it is followed by the Friar patronizing her on her glossing but unable to properly do so himself, thus leading to the idea that Chaucer’s “entente” is to compel is audience to decide for themselves the meaning of the text.
The Wife of Bath is a Chaucerian example of the power of glossing. She, both a woman and a commoner, is revealed to have some education and is presented as having wit and sentence in her repertoire. The Wife is able to gloss the Bible as the men of her time did: cherry picking verses and sayings and applying them where they most conveniently fit. She takes from Corinthians creates her own annotation, and applies it opportunistically where it works for her:
I have the power durynge al my lyf
Upon his proper body and not he.
Right thus the apostle told it unto me
And bad our housbondes to love us weel. (WBT 158-161)
Her control and ability to gloss instills fear into the heart of the men of the church, as seen in the Friar’s comment, advising the Wife to leave the glossing to the authorities in God’s name, and The Parson’s Tale where he uses the same quote from Corinthians but to the other extreme of man’s control over his wife. That Chaucer writes the character of the Wife in this way one must gloss the text themselves to divine what the author really means. I believe this is a call to arms by Chaucer to the common people of England; a call to stand up and take...

Other Papers Like To Gloss, or Not to Gloss, That is the Question –

To Immunize or Not? Essay

1575 words - 7 pages school children. This legislation allows parents to opt out of vaccine schedules. A form is signed and is put in the student’s file stating he or she is exempt from any vaccinations. All other provinces in Canada do not have any sort of legislation. This usually leads to public health nurses coming into schools and using scare tactics on students and doctors doing the same to parents, threatening that their children will not be allowed to go to school

To Drill Or Not Essay

363 words - 2 pages may be able to overcome the hurdle that I’ve encountered while reading this article. With this article I went in closed minded because I have been led to believe that alternate energy is better for our society. This idea, of course, is without researching the issues that come with the society. I perceived that the oil business is the only one that would harm the society. I didn’t take into account that there needed to be factories made that would as take up land that hasn’t been tampered with at this time. There is much that I need to be considered with alternate energy whether we decide to use it or not.

To Nuke or Not Nuke

2268 words - 10 pages their nuclear weapons or not, given that the US already fired the weapon. As you can see in figure 1, all of the outcomes in stage 1 is negative due to all the destructions and lives lost as a result of a nuclear war. If a country is to fire and get hit, the outcome would be -1 since the country at least got to fight back as a strong nation. On the other hand, the group that only gets attacked but not fight back would have the outcome of -2 since

To Perform Cpr or Not

1518 words - 7 pages individuals is if the Glenwood Gardens policy pertaining to not giving CPR to a patient was ethical or not. The biggest argument against their policy is that many people feel that an individual should not be left to die. When put in a situation like the one at Glenwood Gardens, individuals should do everything in their power to save the person. It’s a moral obligation. If the nurse didn’t feel comfortable breaking company policy, then she should

Immune or Not to Immune

839 words - 4 pages is to identify antigens. However our bodies are not capable of fighting every virus or disease it encounters. Once a person encounters a certain disease or virus, the antibodies are stored and if the person encounters the disease again, they would have the antibodies to fight it off. The problem that occurs with this is a person has to become very ill in order to receive these antibodies. If a person’s immune system is not strong enough to

Diversify Or Not To Diversify

1664 words - 7 pages Diversification is a company strategy where a company’s goal is to increase profitability through increased sales volume from new products and new markets. It allows a company to venture out into new lines of business that are different from present operations. Companies choose to diversify for a host of different reasons. A major reason companies make the decision to diversify is to achieve synergy, making it possible for two or more parts of

Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

1453 words - 6 pages Exploratory Essay To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate Vaccines were brought to the United States by Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse in 1800. (The College of Physicians of Philadelphia) Dr. Waterhouse pushed for public vaccinations to eradicate the small pox epidemic through community immunity. “Community immunity” or “herd immunity” is where a significant percentage of the population is immune to a disease, either through vaccination or prior illness

How Catholics Should Not Take Part In Halloween Because Everything That Is Attached To The Holiday Is Attached To Its Evil History

1339 words - 6 pages (Brown). That is why most of today's costumes represent death, such as ghosts and skeletons.The phrase, "trick or treat," represents what the past Celtic pagans would say on the night of Halloween (Brown). If a treat was left out for them, they would not trick you. This "trick" varied from wishing evil upon the household to castrating the man of the house (Brown). Today, when we give candy to all the children, we are giving in a way that

To Read or Not to Read

1350 words - 6 pages To Read or Not to Read: An Examination of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Is our society becoming less intelligent? There are many things we do that might suggest this; and it starts with the latest teenage generation. This group has grown up with more technology than any generation prior. From the internet, to cell phones, game consoles, and laptops that weigh less than a feather, it’s no wonder why reading a good book is not high on a

To Drill or Not to Drill

628 words - 3 pages To Drill or Not to Drill? That Is the Question Kay Bey Hum 114 March 6 2011 Mz Bacco To Drill or Not to Drill? That Is the Question Many people are debating how to best meet energy needs in the United States. Some argue that the country must decrease its dependence on oil and invest in alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Others argue that changing to new power sources is unnecessary and expensive. They state that

To Clone or Not to Clone

1146 words - 5 pages human copies is not a valid concern should parents have the right to make a human clone or genetic copy? Is this merely a question of having the freedom or autonomy to use our genotype how we choose with unrestricted freedom. I believe the unknowns are too much of a risk factor to allow the unrestricted right to human cloning. Potentials for abuse abound in the cloning process as well as the risks of unintended consequences for both the

Related Essays

To (Blank) Or Not To (Blank) That Is The Question

592 words - 3 pages To jump or not to jump that is the question,So what if it's a transgressionI would rather burn in hellAt least then it will be without choice that I sufferI could leave this treacherous place,Which makes me think of deathAnd continue to a place of tortureYet I don't know if there is such a placeSo it is when life turns to the worstThat I decide to place my bets that there will be no such placeOr should I wait this anger, pain and suffering outIs

Final Project To Open Or Not To Open That Is The Question

1180 words - 5 pages Problem #1: To Open or Not to Open – That is the Question! While vacationing in Thailand, Steve and Linda fell in love with Thai food. Their hometown does not have a Thai restaurant, so Steve and Linda planned to open one. Linda is a chef and Steve would quit his job to run the “business” side of the restaurant. Steve found an empty restaurant for lease with seven tables that would seat four each. The restaurant would serve dinner only

To Entertain Or To Learn? That Is The Question

1139 words - 5 pages To Entertain or to Learn? That is the Question. In her essay, “Thinking Outside the Idiot Box,” published in Slate on March 25,2005, Dana Stevens argues against what Johnson has to say about how television makes us smarter. Stevens explains how television is just a way for Americans to become overly obsessed with shows that have no value to the way our brains work. She wants her readers to know that television is just a form of

Is It Fair To Say That By And Large The Internet Is Unregulated? Why Or Why Not?

1978 words - 8 pages Research Topic: Is it fair to say that by and large the internet is unregulated? Why or Why not? Internet is basically the world-wide network that connects computer worldwide via TCP/IP protocol for the purpose of exchange of information. At Global level, the Internet is highly unregulated. It lacks the common global authority that regulates the Internet at global level. Nations have law regarding what comes in and goes out through their