Title

O Narrator!: Narrative, Rhetoric, and Justice in Chaucer's The Man of Law's Tale

Advisor

Bentley, Gregory W.

Committee Member

Dodds, Lara A.

Committee Member

Johnson, Holly

Date of Degree

1-1-2016

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

Abstract

Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale has been largely ignored in comparison to the rest of The Canterbury Tales due to the rhetorical embellishment in the tale. However, examining the tale in the cultural context of its narrator, as well as in the context of the textual and oral rhetorical strategies of the fourteenth century, reveals that the Man of Law creates an argument out of his fictional tale that ties the developing fourteenth century common law system to divine justice, thereby justifying his profession to his audience

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17599

Comments

Canterbury Tales||Narrative||Rhetoric||Sergeant||Lawyer||Medieval||Man of Law||Chaucer

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