<ul><li>Justinius advises the old knight not to rush into the decision of marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Placebo supported Jan...
 
<ul><li>Opens with a scathing attack on his wife of two months, depicting her as cruel and manipulative..  </li></ul><ul><...
What the …
<ul><li>God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governs all laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frowns upon (May’s affair with Damian) </li>...
 
<ul><li>Merchant’s honest desire to marry; selfish motives become clear </li></ul><ul><li>Mock-romance reveals January’s d...
 
<ul><li>The couple formulate a plan in which they fool Nicostratus into climbing a pear tree that that claim is enchanted ...
She’s still my lovely wife…
<ul><li>The merchant is the seventh of twenty-two pilgrims to be described. Therefore, he is seemingly of a relatively hig...
 
<ul><li>January's social status is reveals what the merchant wishes he had. </li></ul><ul><li>January is sixty years old, ...
 
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  1. 3. <ul><li>Justinius advises the old knight not to rush into the decision of marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Placebo supported January’s decision to marry a young girl </li></ul><ul><li>Pluto gives back January’s sight when the god witnesses May and Damian in the tree </li></ul><ul><li>Proserpina fine with May’s actions and blames men for causing the problems that women are often blamed for </li></ul>
  2. 5. <ul><li>Opens with a scathing attack on his wife of two months, depicting her as cruel and manipulative.. </li></ul><ul><li>January gathers his friends and tells them of his plan to marry a girl no older than twenty </li></ul><ul><li>January selects May and retires with her to his bedroom </li></ul><ul><li>When the planned day arrives, January bends over to allow May to climb over him into the tree </li></ul>
  3. 6. What the …
  4. 7. <ul><li>God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governs all laws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frowns upon (May’s affair with Damian) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian love versus passionate love </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth/Beauty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Temptation to sexual desires </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immaturity/immorality of the youth </li></ul></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>Merchant’s honest desire to marry; selfish motives become clear </li></ul><ul><li>Mock-romance reveals January’s distaste in his own wife and marriage </li></ul><ul><li>“ [has] a wife…even if the devil were coupled with her, she would master him” (241) </li></ul><ul><li>Desires her for sexual reasons </li></ul><ul><li>“ he asked her to strip naked…her clothes hampered him” (275) </li></ul>
  6. 11. <ul><li>The couple formulate a plan in which they fool Nicostratus into climbing a pear tree that that claim is enchanted </li></ul><ul><li>While Nicostratus is in the tree, the two engage in sexual intercourse below </li></ul><ul><li>When he finally climbs down, he sees the two sitting innocently. After cutting down the evil tree, he stops watching his wife </li></ul>
  7. 12. She’s still my lovely wife…
  8. 13. <ul><li>The merchant is the seventh of twenty-two pilgrims to be described. Therefore, he is seemingly of a relatively high social standing. </li></ul><ul><li>Merchant is actually in terrible debt </li></ul><ul><li>He portrays himself as being very wealthy, but is actually a poor man. </li></ul>
  9. 15. <ul><li>January's social status is reveals what the merchant wishes he had. </li></ul><ul><li>January is sixty years old, demonstrates the merchant's advice to hold off as long as one can </li></ul><ul><li>January's blindness and gain of sight demonstrates the merchant's ignorance to the troubles of marriage and of disdain </li></ul>

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