Essay on The Development of English

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The Development of English

Throughout time the English language has been subject to an ever-changing evolutionary process, adjusting and adopting to its geographical circumstances, cultural influences and niches. The English language has undergone a series of transitional changes since its origins dating back to c.400 A.D. whilst Britain was under occupation by hosts of Germanic tribes. Detailed throughout the literature that still exists in our modern world, it is possible to trace links between the English language and its development throughout different cultures and historical time periods. The study of the development of the English language has been used to represent the specific ideals and notions that pertain to particular
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The Miller’s Tale was a tale primarily written to appease the upper class/educated class within society (men of the court or nobility). During the time when The Miller’s Tale was written, English had re-emerged as the language of the court (a concoction of ancient French and English); the language spoken by the court previously was French (post Norman invasion). French and English were now two distinct languages. This tale regarding the carpenter is interpreted by the upper class as comedic poem. A modern comparison to the way in which upper class viewed the lower class is the practice known as ‘A Chimpanzees tea party’. A Chimpanzees tea party was a form of entertainment that originated in 1936, where chimpanzees were dressed in human attire and served food and tea inside their zoo enclosure. Chimpanzees are primitive animals in comparison to humans. Tea parties are generally practiced by the upper class, not by a subhuman species giving the poem it’s comedic value, as the chimpanzees are acting outside their status just like the carpenter in The Millers Tale.

(Not a lone paragraph – an extension on The Millers Tale)
The Knight’s Tale also written by Geoffrey Chaucer juxtaposes societal values expressed within The Miller’s Tale, emphasizing the Millers position within society. The Knights Tale envisages another love triangle, though one surrounded with notions of chivalry, romanticism and courtesy. In The Miller’s Tale, the love triangle

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