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Title: Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer


1
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Journal Prompts

2
  • Describe a situation in which you and your
    family/friends tell stories. What kind of stories
    do you tell?
  • Why do you think we tell stories? What do our
    stories say about us?
  • What is your favorite family or friend story, or
    story about you that your family or friends tell?

3
  • Part 2 While people dont tend to go on
    pilgrimages today, we do travel a lot. Perhaps
    the best modern-day equivalent might be the road
    trip. Describe a road trip or other journey
    youve taken with a group of people. Did you get
    to know the other people with you better? Is
    there something particular about travel that
    reveals peoples characters?

4
Character Types
  • In The Prologue, Chaucer makes use of various
    character types, such as the selfless hero, the
    honest common man, the cheerful innkeeper, who
    were probably familiar to members of Medieval
    English society, to tell his tale.
  • Imagine that you are writing a similar tale about
    contemporary, local life. Where would your
    characters journey to and why? Describe four or
    five character types you would use and their
    characteristics.

5
  • We have seen in the General Prologue of The
    Canterbury Tales a cross-section of Chaucers
    medieval English world. From the Knight to the
    Miller and every person in between, his speaker
    introduces us to the different characters that
    comprise his society.  
  • In the spirit of the General Prologue, write a
    description about another student in the class.
  • Include an introduction of the student (who
    he/she is, what he/she does) physical
    description and character traits.
  • You are allowed to poke fun and speak admiringly,
    but dont write anything mean-spirited.
  •  If you dont have enough to say, do a
    self-characterization how would your peers
    describe you?

6
Society
  • Society may change with the times, yet people
    remain pretty much the same.
  • Discuss whether or not you agree with the above
    statement explain and give examples.

7
  • What can you infer about Chaucers feelings
    toward the clergy? Did he trust them? Do you
    think he was too harsh in his criticism? What do
    you think he would suggest that a good clergyman
    do for people? Use details from the poem to
    support your answers.
  •  

8
  • The adjective Chaucerian is often used to
    describe an earthy zest for life. In what ways is
    the tone of this poem Chaucerian? Support your
    ideas with examples from The Prologue.
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