Today students in my CP English class spend the period reading and discussing the Pardoner's Tale from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. While I understand why we teach The Canterbury Tales (it's a survey of British Literature and designed to show students a slice of life from back in the Middle Ages), I really couldn't help but wonder...we've been reading and re-reading this same story for going on 700 years. Not only have their surely been better stories written between now and then, but think of how much about the world fails to endure for even seven years, let alone 700. My three year old computer is seeming a little sluggish, my seven year old dog isn't as quick as he once was, my twenty-eight year old shins don't react to running quite so well anymore, and my 115 year old house has likely had 90% of it's original materials replaced by now. Regardless, this little story by Chaucer is still alive and well, largely untouched and untranslated, just as it was 700 years ago. It makes one wonder what it takes to create something that should last so long.
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