Franklins Tale By Chaucer Humanity is an important quality held by very few people. Having this quality shows your natural human nature and caring for other people rather then yourself. In “The Franklins Tale” by Chaucer the actions of the characters in the tale prove the validity of the statement that “The Franklins Tale” shows humanity at its best. In “The Franklins Tale” it is obvious that humanity is shown at its best because of the characters attitudes to each other throughout the entire novel. “So I have often heard; all may be well, but you must keep your word”(447).
Arveragus tells his wife Dorigen that she must keep her word to Aurelius and go and be his lover because he had done as she told him to do. This shows a great deal of humanity on the part of Arveragus because after being away for two years he is willing to let his wife go away and live with another man just for the fact that she promised him that she would. “Id rather suffer too than seek to come between his love and you”(448). The response given by Aurelius was this. He told Dorigen to go home because he didnt want to hold her with him under her will.
He would rather suffer himself then to see the one he loved suffer. This shows humanity on the part of Aurelius because even though he is in love with this women he still does not want to be with her if she is not happy. “Sir, I release you of your thousand pound no less than if youd crept out of the ground just now, and never had had to do with me” (450). The magician feels bad for poor Aurelius and waves the fee of the task he performed from him. This is the last show of humanity because this man did not find enjoyment from a task he performed for him, the magician told Aurelius he does not owe him anything.