“Some say the things we most desire are these: / Freedom to do exactly as we please,” is an excerpt from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that directly correlates with the books easily recognizable thematic idea. Mankind will bring about his own fate by his behaviors. Within the three tales of The Franklin, The Merchant, and The Wife of Bath, the fortunateness of the characters’ marriages comes from each of the individuals' actions. The human nature
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both characters in the marriage prove their love for one another by being altruistic.
Mankind will bring about his own fate by his behaviors. This is a very apparent thematic idea throughout Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, Merchant and Franklin’s Tales. Each marriage had its different circumstances, but all had the potential for success. Determining this was the human nature of certain characters. Having a selfish or chivalrous demeanor is what made the difference.