, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp 493–504 | Cite as

Stretching the Sooth: Use, Overuse, and the Consolation of Sooth in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde



The purpose of this article is to closely examine the ways in which the three main characters of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde use the word sooth. Through this examination, it becomes apparent that their respective uses of that word define them as characters and present the potential for misinterpretation which produces tension for both the characters in the text and the readers of the text. Chaucer seeks to alleviate that tension through Troilus’s soliloquy on divine foreknowledge and human free will, and its conclusion offers consolation to both Troilus and Chaucer’s own audience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Baylor UniversityDallasUSA

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