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Title: The Canterbury Tales


1
The Canterbury Tales
  • By
  • Geoffrey Chaucer

2
Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1343-1400
  • British
  • Husband, Father
  • Poet
  • Soldier
  • Survivor

3
The Breakdown
Discussion Question What are some conventional
or modern ways of breaking up a novel or story?
4
General Prologue a.k.a the Portraits
What is a prologue?
prologue   /pro? l?g, -l?g/ Spelled
Pronunciation proh-lawg, -log noun, verb,
-logued, -loguing. noun 1.a preliminary
discourse a preface or introductory part of a
discourse, poem, or novel. 2.an introductory
speech, often in verse, calling attention to the
theme of a play.
What do we learn about in the General Prologue to
the Canterbury Tales? What kind of role do you
feel the General Prologue has in relevance to the
rest of the text?
5
Character Prologues
The Knight
The Yeoman
The Wife of Bath
Pilgrims
6
Youve heard of this
7
Welcome to SOUTHWARK
Home to 29 pilgrims who endeavor on a once in a
lifetime pilgrimage to St. Thomas Beckets
shrine. People that are from all walks of life
travel together sharing their stories.
8
Character Tales
Narrative Voice
Politics
Characteristics
History
Society
9
The Characters
Every Economic Class is represented in each of
the Portraits in the General Prologue Think
about what characters fall into each category and
what they all have in common.
10
The Knight The Squire Yeoman Prioress Monk Friar M
erchant Clerk Sergeant of Law Franklin Cook
Shipman Doctor Wife of Bath Parson Manciple Miller
Summoner Pardoner Reeve Plowman The Host
11
Themes in the Text
  • Medieval Life and its affects on the Pilgrims
  • Chaucers voice of whats acceptable and whats
    not
  • Role of Women
  • Arthurian Legends
  • Blue Collar vs. White Collar
  • Religion

12
Truth is the highest thing that man may
keep. Canterbury Tales. The Frankeleines Tale.
Line 11789
QUICK!!! Can you name this group?
13
Just goes to show you that Chaucer is still alive
and kicking in art today
14
The Language
Why does the language seem so backwards?
What perils did you have as a modern reader when
evaluating the text?
What similarities are there between Modern
English and Old English?
15
OLD ENGLISH
  • Written in the Vernacular
  • meaning
  • the language of the people, such as that
    which is indigenous to the area versus a
    standard or religious language.

16
Lets Play
TRANSLATE
THAT
OLD
ENGLISH
17
Discuss with your neighbor what each of these
words would be in Modern English
  • Hwæt!
  • Fæder
  • Heofonum
  • Forgyf
  • Weox
  • Þæt
  • Cyning
  • Frofre
  • What!
  • Father
  • Heaven
  • Forgive
  • Waxed
  • That
  • King
  • Friend

18
Now for you to become the author
Little Chaucers in the making
19
Do More
Here are some sites where you can learn more
about Geoffrey Chaucer and his Canterbury Tales
http//www.cmi-lmi.com/kingdom.html
http//www.canterburytales.org/canterbury_tales.ht
ml
GOOGLE
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Works Cited
Wikipedia.com http//www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/can
t/canttg.html Yahoo Images Google
Images http//www.eng.fju.edu.tw/iacd_99F/medieval
_lit/data/Chaucer.html Dictionary.com http//www.l
uminarium.org/medlit/chaucer.htm
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