The Reeve Tale Character Analysis and Summary Canterbury Tales
In “The Reeve Tale Character Analysis and Summary” Geoffrey Chaucer actually, wants to tell us about his age as he tells us about dishonesty in the religious field, he delineates various characters that are; the Friar, the Monk, the Prioress, Pardoner etc. Same as he wants to come up with dishonesty in the agriculture field. The Reeve character is a manager in Canterbury Tales. The Reeve character is not so much different than today’s manager, as we see various fields we find out corrupts managers in different kinds of fields, offices, institutions, and companies, the place has been changed but the nature is the same as it is as was in Chaucer’s age.
His legs are as thin as sticks Chaucer, here, his legs use for many symbols, Long and thin legs is symbolized ill temperament, or a man coming in anger way in quickly, it is also symbolized with witty mind but at the same time, it is linked with lustfulness. It seems that Chaucer informs us about his character with his legs, only his legs describe his whole character, this is Chaucer’s art of characterization.
He was in his job almost twenty years ago but this time he had won his master’s heart and he had entire charge of the lands. Having been taken charge of the lands he knows to everyone, everybody’s bad actions, all the workers who are under his charge are afraid of him because he knows that every one weaknesses and he has an influence on them therefore, they can not tell his misappropriations to his master. Having been freed by workers as well as his master he does corruption full time.
The Reeve is the embodiment of corruption, he steals the grains in this way no one can rightly detect his corruption in audit because he is an expert in this act and he has been prosperous in that way. With the help of dishonesty and corruption, he has built up a nice fine house in somewhere the countryside. The current era is evidence of this, nowadays the managers do the same things.
The lower middle class become afraid of him and they have no dare to tell about his corruption to his master or anybody else. They are afraid as they are afraid of death (plague). The plague is one of the epidemics in which most of half of the population died from this epidemic. “The Reeve in Prologue Canterbury Tale Character Analysis and Summary” suggests in Chaucer’s time there was the rule of diseases and epidemics. Corruption was not only present in upper-class society but also in middle and low-middle-class society. Now, the situations are not different than those days.
The Reeve is not a poor man rather he looks like an aristocrat when we see he has sheep, horses, cattle, and dairy under his managerial custody rather he looks like an owner.
The Reeve Tale Character Analysis Summary, when runs ahead and we come across that situation The Reeve appears to be very shrewd in this manner he knows how to make happy his lord. Whenever he pleases his masters then he is rewarded with some nice prizes like a coat and hood
In the end, the author tells that he is a carpenter too in his youth time. He lives in Bawdswell in Norfolk. So, in the end, we can say that Chaucer has delineated this character the reeve with honestly and artistically