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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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Transcript of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales: the story
The Knight- Fights for chivalry and honor, but kills "heathens" in the name of God. He is a criticism of the old, archaic way of looking at good v. evil.

The Squire- Son of the Knight. Looks and acts girly, but only does to get girls. He is a criticism of the lengths to which men will go to get women.

The Wife of Bath- Woman traveling alone. Seems to have control of her life, but had to get it from a man, and is actually insecure about her looks. She is a criticism of the negative ways women were perceived and the questionable ways women get power.
Geoffrey Chaucer
-Through his work, he embodied many levels of Medieval English society.


The Canterbury Tales: Background
Direct Characterization
Indirect Characterization
Three Examples of Characters from "The Prologue"
-By working for a princess, he learned to read and write, but also became popular among the upper class.


-Honed his poetry skills by translating French poetry.


-Lived near the start of the pilgrimage to Canterbury.

-Buried in Westminster Abbey.
-Projected 30 characters telling 4 stories each for 120 stories.


-Completed the Prologue and 24 tales before he died.
-A pilgrimage is a long journey to a religious site.



-Presents a Direct statement about a character.


-If you can trust the Narrator, you can believe a Direct Characterization.
-uses actions, thoughts, and dialogue to reveal a character's personality.

-Look at all of the Direct Characterization, and draw a logical conclusion about what kind of person they are.
-The Narrator meets 29 pilgrims in a bar on the southside (Southwark) of London, and decides
to go with them to Canterbury.


-Canterbury is a town on the coast, about 57 miles southeast of London, where
Archbishop Thomas a Becket died.


-To pass the time, they will participate in a story-telling competition, judged by the
Pub manager (not a storyteller), Harry Bailey.


-"The Prologue" introduces all of the characters, from the Narrator's perspective.
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