The Lawyers Prolouge Essay Research Paper The

The Lawyers Prolouge Essay, Research Paper The Lawyer?s Prologue In, ?The Lawyer?s Prologue?, by Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer mixes and tries to differ himself in telling the story, by making it seem that the tale is being told between the actual

The Lawyers Prolouge Essay, Research Paper

The Lawyer?s Prologue

In, ?The Lawyer?s Prologue?, by Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer mixes and tries to differ

himself in telling the story, by making it seem that the tale is being told between the actual

author and the narrator, by giving the lawyer some critical reference to Chaucer. Chaucer is

writing this trying to show as if the lawyer were to be telling the tale, and not Chaucer him

self. The majority of what the Lawyer says is not important or not of significance with the

story. The Lawyer is portrayed as dignified and formal, addressing the diverse crowd as if he

were speaking to the court.

Introduction to The Lawyer?s Prologue

The host speaks to the rest of the travelers, telling them that they can regain lost

property but not lost time. The host suggests that the lawyer tell the next tale, and he agrees

to do so, because he does not want to break his promises. He also says that the people should

keep the laws they give to other people. The host refers to Chaucer who works shallow and

writes poorly, but at the least he does not write of tales of lust. The Lawyer prepares to tell of

a tale which will include poverty, and talks of it in an affectionate and formal way.

The Lawyer?s Tale

In Syria there was a company of wealthy traders who made a journey to Rome. After

a certain time there encountered Constance the emperor?s daughter, who was famous for her

goodness and beauty. When the merchants returned to Syria, they reported to the Sultan what

they had seen; the Sultan was immediately filled with lust for this Constance. The Sultan met with his advisors and told them of what he was told and his intentions. They could find no

way for the Sultan to marry Constance. The Sultan is a Moslem, and Constance a Christian,

for no emperor would allow his daughter to marry a Moslem. The Sultan then decided to

convert to Christianity in a heavy intent to marry this beauty. With this in change, the em

peror gave Constance away to the Sultan for he was full of joy, but Constance left in sorrow

for she did not wish to live in a foreign country. She understands the connection with a

women being made to be a man?s subject, and lives on with her life. This tale commends the

sacrifice and honor of Constance the daughter of the Roman Emperor who will suffer a num

ber of injustices during the years to come for her with the Sultan. It is a religious tale which

does not reach for the subtlety of allegory. Constance depends on her religious faith for her

survival throughout her life with the Sultan. The people who do not share the Christian faith

with her are evil and cruel to her. This tale takes a small view into humanity in which Chris

tianity represents clean purity and any other religious tradition is evil.

Her virtue and honor differ from her devotion to Christian principles, while those

who posses other religious beliefs are doubtful of her. This holds true for the Syrians and the

Sultan, for which she has her life revolved around. The Lawyer describes them as jealous ans

the Sultan, lustful. He demands to marry Constance hearing only of her beauty, which leads

him to marry for lust. He desires the power that comes from her status as a Roman royalty.

The only instance where the Sultan is redeemed is when he converts to Christianity. Even

though this conversion happens, Constance is faced with the evil of the Sultan?s mother

which is shown through her devotion to her faith and the unwillingness to accept Christian

principles. Remember that the Sultan converted to Christianity, not his mother.

The Sultan?s mother and her confidants agreed never to renounce their Islamic faith,and she compared Constance with Eve, tempting her son to sinful action. The mother of the

Sultan and her advisors will pretend to accept Christianity and host a feast for the Sultan and

his new wife. During the feast, the mother had her followers massacre all the attendants.

Only Constance survived, and they put her on a boat with enough food to survive, but no

navigation gear to help her get back to Italy. Constance remained on this ship for many

years. Through her prayer she remained safe. The ship finally crashed on the shores of the

Northumberland. The warden of a nearby castle found Constance and gave her shelter, but

she refused to give her identity. He and his wife, Dame Hermengild, were pagans, but Con

stance secretly converted her to Christianity. Christians could only practice their religion pri

vately and secretly. One day, Constance, Hermengild, and her husband were walking on the

beach, and were approached by a blind Christian who identified her. Although Hermengild

feared her husband would ask her about her conversion, he to converted. The King of the

land was Alla. A young knight, who was influenced by Satan, fell in love with Consatance

and had lust for her. He wanted to be with her, but she refused. In an act of revenge, he one

night went to where she slept, aside Hermengild and her husband, split Hermengild?s throat

and placed the knife next to Constance. When the husband found out of this, Alla blamed the

murder on Constance. The people did not believe she would do such a thing, but she was to

be put to death. She prayed for a miracle, and moved by her pleas, Alla decided to make the

knight swear on the bible. When he did so, he was struck down, and his eyes burst. Seeing

this, Alla decided to convert to Christianity. Alla took Constance to be his wife. Donegild,

Alla?s mother did not like the situation and was distressed. When Alla was in Scotland, Con

them and change the letters, saying the new child was foul and wicked. Alla sends a letter

back saying he vows to love the child. Donegild intercepts it and replaces it with one that with a letter that banishes her and the child, Mauritius, on the boat they came on.

When Alla returns back home, he heres of this awful action, and kills his mother in

danger. Constance has already sailed away, and ended up in another foreign kingdom.She

came to met the warden?s steward to attempted to rape her, but fell of the boat and drowned.

The emperor of Rome had sent an army to Syria in accordance with the massacre that hap

pened. On their way home, the senator who led the army, met Constance. They brought her

back to Rome, but nobody remembered her, not even the senators wife, who was Con

stances?s aunt. With all this going on, Alla made a pilgrimage to Rome to make repentance

for what happened with his mother and his wife. The senator went to feast with King Alla,

who saw Mauritius and barely recognized him. Constance and Alla were reunited and Con

stance and her father were reunited. Alla and Constance returned to England, and Mauritius

later became Emperor of Rome.

Although Constance is compared to Eve, this is wrong. Constance does not tempt

others to sin, for those are their actions. Seeing Constance survive through all these evil ac

tions of people show her survival to be a testament of her Christian faith. This tale of the

Lawyer shows that one who glorifies Christianity and its values will overcome evil in its so

ciety. The warden and his wife prove their worthiness by conversion. It is made clear that

Christians were persecuted in England for their beliefs. Their ability to remain faithful to

Christianity becomes a loyal sacrifice, because they risk their lives by becoming Christians.

Both the Sultan?s mother and Donegild share similar characteristics. Both prevented

Constance from marrying their sons, fearful of the Christian religion that Constance brings

to their lands. Both are led to commit evil and murderous acts, to prevent their interference

with this religion which does not blend with their pagan religion. Again, it is shown how powerful the Christian faith is for Constance as she survives

an attack by a rapist through divine faith. Fate can always be found revolving a religious

story which has religious context. The examples are when the knight swears on the bible, he

suffers divine harm, and Constance is saved by prayer when attacked by the rapist. Not only

is she rewarded by God for remaining faithful by being reunited with her family, her son is

made emperor of Rome.