The storyline was developed and advanced in an anthology of twenty-four stories that depict the role of religion as the source of mutualism and amicable existence within the human domain. Precisely, the author is an English man named Geoffrey Chaucer who published the book in 1387 (Edwards 92). Effective analysis of the anthology brings the idea of religion as the start of human liberation through fanaticism and zeal to diverse social scope. An intensive scope of the book highlights the effective interpretation of the two main characters to showcase their level of personal development, faith in God and their role in the effective socialism.
Centrally, the two characters show a social capitalism through the inclusion of the divergence in ideas and effective interpretation of the societal ideals (Olson 88). In the book, The Wife of Bath is presented to be on an upper class and she takes a pivotal role to explain the factors that make social dynamism proactive. She makes the storyline of the anthology effective and enhances quality of the flow the plot through effective showcasing the essence of religion in the Catholic faith. Furthermore, another character, The Miller, comes out to be significantly elevated to reveal the effects of religion and zeal to service of God in the existence of the contemporary faith. Through her, the storyline is effective and the central ideas of supremacy in divine provision are enhanced. He takes an upper class as well and paves the way for effective comprehension of the social ideals.
Professionally, The Wife of Bath is a seamstress while The Miller has no specific profession but spends most of his time in the church praying and offering sacrifices to God. Nonetheless, the storyline the fails to show the exact career path of The Miller, However, it shows that The Wife of Bath is a housewife who does not practice her profession fully as expected.
Relationship to God and the Church
Both the two characters fail to show any commitment to their professions, instead, they get attracted to God and the church (Edwards 90). Within the scope of the book, there is the effective comprehension of the role of God in the lives of human beings. Specifically, the essence of God and the church to bring out morals and social decency close to the needs of the people is also highlighted. They are close to the church and offer sacrifices to God as The Wife of Bath has even travelled to the pilgrim in Jerusalem. Consequently, the role of God in the lives of human beings is elevated through close attachment to the church as shown by the two main characters.
At the helm of the analysis, the character, The Wife of Bath is brought out as one who loves sex and is caring. Nonetheless, she prefers marriage to celibacy and lives her life all the times with a desire to live in accordance to the marriage vows (Cooper 187). She is committed and loyal to her marriage and constantly engages in sex to sooth herself and have relief. On the other hand, The Miller is conspicuous, big mouthed and talkative such that his presence is felt all over in the storyline.
Both the historical and the cultural context affect the influences the development of The Wife of Bath (ALASTAIR 100). Through the exemplified role of history and effects of culture, she is made to appear moral and sensitive to the social issues like marriage and the love for both church and God. The two social ideas of history and culture makes the character, The Miller, appear decent and modest to help enable the value of ideals and values in the social makeup. The application of both the historical and cultural dynamism makes the two characters take a pivotal role in the analysis of the plot.
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