The Canterbury Tales: the Franklin's Tale

The Canterbury Tales Research Project: The Franklin
The attitude of the Franklin towards other Pilgrims
-The Franklin’s attitude towards the Pilgrims is generally kind-spirited. He especially likes those high in rank, as he enjoys fine living and good companionship. He treats the others with reverence and generosity.
-The Franklin praises the Squire, and wants his own son to be like him. He is a role model of sorts to the Franklin. The Franklin also agrees with his idea of courtly love expressed in the Squire’s tale.
-The Franklin enjoys the company of the Man of Law because he is distinguished in society.
-The Franklin touches on the Wife of Bath’s idea of sovereignty in marriage in his tale.
-The Franklin admires the Knight; he agrees with and emphasizes his point that true marriage is part of God’s order.
-The Franklin also agrees with the Clerk. He includes the necessity of patience in marriage in his tale.
-The Franklin admires those with qualities of gentilesse>love, patience, forbearance and reflects those in Averagus.

Appearance is reality of the Franklin
-The Franklin is well-off and semi-prominent by social position. He is a member of a “new” upper middle class of landowners.
-He is often befuddled but open, sanguine, and optimistic. (Gardener, pg 292)
-He places a high value on patience and is ruled by willful aspiration and desire. (Gardner, pg 337)
-He delights in food and drink but is generous to others; He is referred to as “St. Julian,” the patron saint of hospitality. (Chaucer, pg 12)
-The Franklin is legally minded and served in various public offices.
-He has a hollow idea of gentilesse. He believes only what he has seen in knights to be gentilesse and has based his opinion on the laws of chivalry. (Huppe, pg 168)
-He is called “Epicurus’s own son”(Chaucer, pg 12)> Epicurian was a Greek philosopher who focused on finding serene happiness by the continual experience of modest   delights, called the “garden philosopher”. The...