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Character Analysis: The Skipper (from the Canterbury Tales' prologue)
Transcript of Character Analysis: The Skipper (from the Canterbury Tales' prologue)
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What to know about the Skipper
He's captain of a ship named the Maudelayne
He comes from Dartmouth (Massachusetts?)
He wears a dagger around his neck
He has difficulty riding a horse, but don't bring it up if you want to avoid a fight
He lacks concern for his morality (He doesn't care what's right and wrong), the way he forces the survivors from an enemy ship to walk the plank displays this perfectly
He's a pirate and an expert navigator, both of which suggest he's also a great smuggler
Oh, and he's tan (picture lacks detail)
What the science of Physiognomy has to say
According to the face reading Physiognomy Dictionary...
His beard suggests that he is very smart and understanding
and that's it, nothing else describes the physical appearance of the Skipper besides his bearded face and tanned skin.
"Many a draught of vintage, red and yellow, he'd drawn at Bordeaux, while the trader snored." Lines 406-407
Chaucer is telling us here that the Skipper has a tendency to steal and drink whine.
"Certainly he was an excellent fellow." Line 405
Chaucer complimenting the Skipper, perhaps out of fearful respect
You've waited long enough, ask me about any/everything you may need to know... just about the Skipper though
A character analysis from the Canterbury Tales
What Do you notice about him?
He has a beard?
He's dressed very simply compared to the other pilgrims?
He looks pretty tough?
Behold, the Skipper
Why the Skipper is headed for Canterbury
Though never stated in the prologue, a common sense answer comes to mind when you know the Skipper as well as I do.
Just Imagine that your job was to sail the high seas stealing, kidnapping, plundering, and murdering your way to wealth. Odds are you'd be going to Canterbury for some divine forgiveness, because "Thou shall not kill" is seven seas and countless dead prisoners too late
By Connor Karon, Period 9-10 Smith