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The Plowman: Analysis of a Canterbury Pilgrim

The Plowmans role and purpose in the Canterbury Tales

Jasmin Stepney

on 22 January 2013

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Transcript of The Plowman: Analysis of a Canterbury Pilgrim

By: Jasmin Stepney The Plowman: Analysis of a Canterbury Tales Pilgrim Thoughts/ Actions/ Behaviors/ Personality Traits/ Attitude The Plowman is the idealistic citizen
He is a very Godly person who lives by the first two of the Ten Commandments, respecting God and all those around him
He works hard, doing the dirtiest jobs of the medieval period including tilling the fields, threshing, digging and carting cow dung. However, he never complains because Godly men are always positive Physical Appearance The story mentions that he pushes carts of cow-dung which would cause him to have to be strong and fit
During Medieval times your outward appearance was based on your inner appearance, so he was probably somewhat attractive, considering he lived "in peace and perfect charity"
He also owns a “mare”, or a horse, which is something that poor Plowman would have been unable to afford. However, he continues to wear a "tabard", a loose fitting shirt.This leads me to conclude that the plowman has money but is too modest to waste it on bright, fancy garb. What Others Say About the Character “Many feel that Chaucer’s Plowman is modeled on the allegorical ploughman of Langland’s poem, Piers Plowman, who always serves Truth. Chaucer has portrayed the humble Plowman sympathetically and admires his pride in his calling and true Christianity.” Role in 14th Century Society The plowman would be considered in modern day society as a farmhand or farmer. He tilled his land 1 acre per day, because that is all a Plowman could accomplish in the Medieval time period with such tools. Author’s Tone The Author’s tone is bored and brief, meaning that the character is a common, non-dramatic, character leading a simple life. Geography/ Travel Since the Plowman maintains simplicity in all other aspects of his life, I assume he doesn't travel much further than his own property.
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