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The Clerk Tale

The Clerk’s Tale by Chaucer is a story of a woman who belongs to a low-income family with her father and sisters. The story is on the wife's obedience and the relationship of humanity with God. Obedience is an important part of the relationship between husband and wife. And it is hard to find a girl like Griselda who is facing a hard time with patience. She had a kind personality, faithfull soul and obedience towards her husband. The Clerk’s Tale reveals the Allegory not to behave like Grislide behaving in the tale as Grislide shows patience in the tale. The Clerk tales is a story of Allegory with double meaning original and symbolic.

In the interpretation of the tale, the initial situation, Walter married Griselda because he thought she obeys whatever if she belongs to a low-income family.

Further complications and conflicts arose when Walter decide to test, how obedient and loyal Griselda, he makes a plan and asked Griselda to murder her children and make preparations for the arrival of his wife. The turning point is when the Griselda passed the test with consistency and obediently, and she was successful in the last test without protesting. She calmly and smilingly replies that she likes her husband's second wife very much and asks him not to leave her and behave badly to her. After hearing all these words Walter comes to knows that the children are Griselda’s son and daughter. With her patience and consisting nature, her success spreads everywhere in the townspeople, people from all the town come to adore the news of her brilliance.

The literal interpretation of the “The clerk’s Tale” is revolting and objectionable. In this story main character Griselda was shown as an obedient wife as she was always ready to sacrifice for her husband. She sent her daughter and then her son with a sergeant to follow up the orders of her husband as it is stated in the tale that he would do what is best for her daughter. Although, he also explained that he would not be involved directly in this action as he would take the assistance of his men to deal with this matter appropriately. See the quotation in line (490): “I moot don with thy daughter for the best, Nat as I wolde, but as my people leste.” (Page 166)

 In the tale, it is projected that her husband was not only testing her all the time, but his behavior and way of talking were also ironic and insulting towards her. Her husband was used to call her a poor girl as a village born, and naught deserves. However, still, she was used to respecting him. She obeyed all his orders to be considered as a good wife for him. The narrator positively presented this tale as his emphasis was on the good qualities of Griselda as a wife rather than the negative behavior of her husband.

Moreover, Griselda was all-time supporting her husband, but still, her husband was testing her faithfulness and sincerity. Such tales can be interpreted negatively. However, the narrator presented or interpreted this tale in such a way that shows positiveness rather than negatively.

Last but not least, the story can be objectionable because even Griselda was presented as a good wife, but her overall role as a human being was unjustifiable. We cannot justify her as a good mother as she sent her son and daughter to a stranger to present herself as a good wife in front of her husband. Somehow, analysis of the whole tale shows that the author did not interpret her behavior as a negative behavior. Even the narrator interpreted the behavior of her husband positively. The author interpreted this tale in such a way that develops a positive image of both husband and wife in the minds of readers. In some passages, the narrator presented the behavior of Lord Walter negatively, but he also made it clear each time that Walter's intentions were positive. The story is about a women of the society who wants to rule in their house and upon their husband and for this purpose Clerk represented the opposite side of the society’s reality which shows that a girl is completely obedient to her husband with all the difficulties and hates and stuck to her loyalty without any complain.

For instance, when he asked his wife to send her children to sergeant at that time he tried to send his children at a safe place rather than putting them into an endangering situation. Moreover, while he ordered his man to send back his children he asked him to send them in an honorable way. Like what it presented bin line [765]: “To bring hoom agayn hise children two, In honurable estaat al openly” page 173.

Thus conclusively, we can say that the narrator managed to present this tale positively by demonstrating the hidden goodness and positiveness of Walter behind his cruel behavior.