James Bushe 1Matchup by Matchup

James BushellJames Bushell4/3/19Period 1Matchup by Matchup view of the Pardoner’s Tale’s way to victory (SPOILERS AHEAD)Seeding:Pardoner’s TaleMiller’s TaleWife of Bath’s taleMerchant’s TaleNun’s Priest TalePlay in Game: Merchant's Tale vs Nun’s Priest Tale In this play-in matchup, the Merchant’s tale will easily beat the Nun’s Priest tale for many apparent reasons. To clarify, to win you must be funnier, and have a better moral standpoint than the other tale. In this case, the Merchant’s Tale will win both of these options by a large margin. In the humor category, the Merchant’s tale does not have a lot of humor. However, when the reader is told that January will get his vision back from King Pluto if Damian and May ‘fool around’ a sense of dramatic irony is observed (Chaucer 384) .This is seen when Damian awaits May in the pear tree and they start wrestling and the reader knows that the god, King Pluto, will give January his vision back. January gets his vision back and it is slightly comical when he see’s May with Damian. Also the Nun’s Priest Tale is not very funny at all, the representation with the Chicken and the fox made nobody laugh. This story was a complete loser, which is why it looses in the play-in game. The story satirizes males attitudes within society which make this story morally weaker than the rest. This is seen when the author introduces the rooster Chanticleer and says “His comb was redder than fine coral, tall And his battlemented like a castle wall, His bill was black and shone as bright as a jet” (Chaucer 215). Chaucer makes Chanticleer sound like a god here which is terrible when describing a rooster. This story is the worst, which is why it will lose by a lot to the Merchant’s tale in the play-in game.Author’s Pick: If it was not obvious, Merchant’s TaleGame 1: Merchant’s Tale vs Pardoner's Tale  In this classic matchup of stories that rely more on their morals and less the humor we will see the Merchant’s Tale take on the one-seeded Pardoner’s Tale. This matchup will be a classic, however, the Pardoner’s tale will prevail in a close one. First, the humor in both stories is all based upon dramatic irony. In Merchant’s Tale with January about to get his vision back is a good use of dramatic irony, however, because of other circumstances it is just not entertaining. In the Pardoner’s tale, the reader experiences a weird kind of dual-irony back-to-back in the end. The dramatic irony is that the reader knows when all three sinner’s have plots formed to kill the other one or two. When the youngest sinner has gone into town to retrieve wine and bread, the other two stay back at the gold and form a plan to kill the young sinner so they can have the wealth. While the young sinner is in town, he purchases poison so he can kill the other two sinner’s and have the wealth all too himself. The reader knows that all three people have intentions to kill each other which adds dramatic irony. Now when they do all end up killing each other, there is an underlying sense of situational irony. This is because in the beginning of the story the three sinner’s meet an old man, named Death. Death warns them about death itself and while the sinners take no caution about fearing death. It is situational because at the end, all three sinner’s die and death has caught up to them, the last thing I would expect as a reader. Morally speaking, the Merchant’s tale questions faithfulness in marriage which is weak compared to questioning the sins of life in the Pardoner’s tale. Author’s Pick: The Pardoner’s Tale…(duh)Matchup 2: Wife of Bath vs Miller’s Tale This one will be the best game of the semi-final round. A classic matchup that I even had to think about myself. These two stories are the very opposite in their strengths and weaknesses in the Wife of Bath’s tale, there is slim amounts of humor, with strong morality. While in Miller's Tale, there is a ton of humor with no good morality. In the Wife of Bath’s tale, the knight who had previously committed rape, goes through a character development unlike one that the reader has experienced. This is ironic because by the end of the story, he allows the old and ugly wife to choose her fate. This is a complete character development which is very ironic for a male in this society. This keeps the reader intrigued throughout the whole story. In the Miller’s Tale, sophomoric humor is used a ton, for instance when Nicholas tricks Absolon into thinking he will kiss Absalon “ And make him kiss his arse he escape, And opening the window with a jerk, Struck out his arse, a handsome piece of work, Buttocks and all, as far as to the haunch. Said Absalon, all set to make a launch...This Nicholas at once let fly a fart As loud as if it were a thunder-clap.”(Chaucer 104 & 105). As seen, this is very immature, but it can be comical if read in front of the proper audience. Morally speaking, the Wife of Bath’s tale is much better than Miller’s tale. This is because the Wife of Bath’s tale questions male wrongdoings in society, which is much stronger than the Miller’s Tale which barely questions Marriage. Author’s Pick: (UPSET ALERT) The Wife of Bath’s TaleChampionship Game: Wife of Bath’s Tale vs the Pardoner’s Tale Since both these stories flunked in the humor section, this one comes down to the morality of each story. These two are somewhat similar by both questioning the wrongdoings of society but in two different ways. The Wife of Bath, who has had 5 husbands herself, questions male’s punishments by having the knight rape a young girl and then come full circle without punishment. To add onto the lack of punishment, he gets a young, beautiful and loyal wife as well. The Pardoner’s Tale takes a look at the sinner’s within society and questions their intentions by have all three sinner’s die towards the end of the story. Let's take a deeper look at the Tale of the tape. GO INTO EVIDENCE ABOUT WHY PARDONER'S HAS BETTER MORAL STORYLINES THAN WIFE OF BATHAuthor’s Pick: Pardoner’s Tale wins the National Championship