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Characterization in The Canterbury Tales

Direct and Indirect Characterization from The Prologue
by Roberta Fotter on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of Characterization in The Canterbury Tales

Literary Focus:
Direct/ Indirect Characterization Learning about the characters in The Prologue
of the Canterbury Tales Chaucer uses indirect characterization when he tells how each character: Directions: There also was a Nun, a Prioress,°
Her way of smiling very simple and coy.
Her greatest oath was only “By St. Loy!”°
Thinks and feels: The Friar knew every innkeeper and barmaid too better than lepers, beggars and that crew – speaks and acts: DIRECT CHARACTERIZATION presents direct statements about a character, such as Chaucer’s statement that the Knight “followed chivalry,/Truth, honor….” 1. Get in a group of 2-3.
- select someone to present, someone to write and a task- keeper
2. Choose a character from The Prologue to analyze.
3. Get a piece of butcher paper to work on. Looks and Dresses "This yeoman wore a coat and hood of green, And peacock-feathered arrows, bright and keen" “The monk’s sleeves were garnished at the hand, with fine gray fur, the finest in the land,” INDIRECT CHARACTERIZATION uses actions, thoughts and dialogue to reveal a character’s personality. By saying “he was not gaily dressed” for instance, Chaucer suggests that the Knight is not vain and perhaps takes the pilgrimage seriously enough to rush to join it straight from battle. Directions, Cont. 1. ANALYZE the description of your character provided in "The General Prologue"; draw an accurate picture of him/her on your paper

2.Select three (3) passages from the text (remember to cite by page and line number!) that indirectly characterize your character. Examine and explain in writing about the characterization.

3.Select three (3) passages from the text (remember to cite here, too!) that directly characterize your person. Examine and explain in writing about the characterization

4. Write three (3) adjectives that you think best describe what this character is really like. The Wife of Bath had five husbands, all at the church door, apart from other company in youth Chaucer also comes right out and tells us what a character’s nature is—virtuous, vain, clever, and so on. IF you finish early, you need to find two quotes from your character that would be appropriate for them to use on a "Facebook" page
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