You must write a critical and interpretative 3,000-word essay with a strong thesis and coherent argument in answer to ONE of the following questions:
Write an essay on the function and characterisation of the narrator in two of Chaucer’s poems.
“She ys ded!” (BD 1309). Discuss the treatment of death and bereavement in The Book of the Duchess.
Examine Chaucer’s strategy of adapting Boccaccio’s Filostrato in Troilus and Criseyde.
Discuss Chaucer’s use of humour in two of his poems. In your answer, draw careful distinction between medieval and modern sensibilities.
Do Chaucer’s dream-vision poems clarify or obfuscate their principal themes? You must base your answer on a minimum of two texts.
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