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The Canterbury Tales: The Doctor
Transcript of The Canterbury Tales: The Doctor
Chaucer explains that "No one alive could talk as well as he did on points of medicine and of surgery..", (line 422-423) meaning that he believed the doctor to be a very smart man.
Chaucer also said that " He therefore had a special love of gold." (line 454)Chaucer believed the doctor to be greedy with his money that he made from his occupation.
He also explains that the Doctor is not a very religious man, because he explains that "He did not read the bible very much. " (line 448)
Chaucer, Geoffrey. "The Canterbury Tale: The Prologue." Trans. Nevill Coghill. Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. By Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. and Et Al. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. 105. Print.
Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Physician in The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story" Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 17 Oct. 2013.
In Shape; ate a very healthy diet full of nutrients and digestives.
Clothing: "blood-red garments, slashed with bluish-gray, and lined with taffeta." (lines 449-450)
Personal belongings: most likely money and medicine
Physical/ Emotional Characteristics and Possessions
Doctor/Physician- analyzed a patients health and checked for diseases if a humor" was disturbed.
It was believed by doctors in this time that the body was composed of four "humors"(cold and dry, hot and moist, hot and dry, cold and moist) and diseases occurred from humor disturbances.
Doctors usually act very snobby and they act like they know everything.
This character compares to the average doctor because he is very greedy with his money and he says that he knows everything from medicine to astronomy.
What is Chaucer trying to tell us about the Doctor?
What Is Chaucer's view on the Doctor's Part in Society?
Upper class- important to well-being of society.
Chaucer explains that the Doctor has a lot of money, all due to his occupation and importance to the health of the town.
Chaucer believed that there was much corruption in this part of society, because the doctor has a deal with his apothecaries to have the drugs ready as soon as he prescribes them to his patients in order to make an immense profit.