Character and Circumstance in 'The Franklin's Tale'

Diane Speed


The Franklin's Tale tells a pleasant and optimistic story, but the meaning of the tale as a whole has proved as elusive as that of any of The Canterbury Tales. This paper proposes a reading of the tale based on the Franklin's statement of intention in his prologue, and makes an attempt to show that problems experienced in understanding the tale are a reflection of its problematic nature.

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