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The Canterbury Tales - Social Commentary, Characterization, Frame Narrative

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales - Social Commentary, Characterization, Frame Narrative

Canterbury Tales and Social Satire
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
- Often called the father of English literature

- Considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages

- His best known work is The Canterbury Tales

- The Canterbury Tales are a series of stories that satirize Medieval culture

- Chaucer was instrumental in helping to develop Middle English as a standard vernacular (common spoken language).
The Canterbury Tales
A pilgrimage is a religious journey to a sacred place.

The journey in this story is to the shrine of Thomas of Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

Each character tells a tale on the way to Canterbury - winner will host a dinner party.

The Prologue describes people from all parts of medieval society.

Chaucer offers social satire through the description of each character.
Chaucer's Social Commentary
Indirect Characterization
Direct Characterization
Example:
"Singing he was or fluting all day...He could make songs, poems and recite" Chaucer suggests that the Squire cares more about the arts more than being a sword fighting Knight.
Indirect Characterization

When the author uses actions, thoughts, and dialogue to reveal a character's personality.
Example: When Chaucer says that the Squire "with locks as curly as if they had been pressed" he is directly explaining the Squire's character to the reader.
Direct Characterization

When the author presents direct statements that reveal a character's personality.
Types of characterization

- critiques one or more aspects of society to highlight its flaws
- informs people about a societal problem
-Social commentary can be writing, film, music, art, etc.
social commentary:
TV Comedies
TV Dramas
Television
Internet Memes
Willy Wonka Meme
Casually-pepper-spray-everything Cop Meme
Frame Narrative - a literary technique where a story is set within a story. Sometimes multiple stories exist within the main story line.
What or who is the subject of this painting?

What do you think is happening in the photo?

How many "frames" are in this painting?
Las Meninas
by Diego Valasquez
Understanding Frame Narrative
What or who is the subject of this painting?

What do you think is happening in the photo?

How many "frames" are in this painting?
Arnolfini Marriage
by Jan Van EyCk
There were those who
Worked
Fought
Prayed
Medieval Estates Satire
Those Who Worked
Those Who Prayed
- These were the men and women who worked the lords' land.

- Typically classified as peasants.

- Little information was ever logged about them.

-Carpenter, Blacksmith, Cooks, Servants
Nobility influenced all aspects of medieval
Politics
Economics
Religion
Culture
The clergy was at the top of medieval society

Administer necessary sacraments
Absolve men and women of their sins
They decide what is considered Holy or unholy
Often times Corrupt
Those Who Fought
A pilgrimage is...??
The journey in this story is to the shrine of Thomas of Becket at Canterbury Cathedral
The name of the Inn where they tell stories is called the ____???______
Each character tells a tale on the way to Canterbury - winner will host a dinner party.
The Prologue describes people from all parts of medieval society-- there are _?__ people total
In the description of the characters in the Prologue, Chaucer offers social satire
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