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Background for The Canterbury Tales Semester 1 Review
Why is CT so great? Variety of people (character sketch). Normal Universality of experience Emotions Behavior Etc. Wrote in the VERNACULAR Language of a group of people/common people.
Poetic Rhyme Scheme Told in couplets 2 lines that end in a rhyme Heroic couplets 2 lines that end in rhyme & the meter is iambic pentameter IAMB – 2 syllables /unstressed, stressed u u/u/u/u/u = 2x5 = 10 syllables 2 syllables – one metrical foot
Type of Story FRAME Story Format (a story within a story within a story within a story). CT = Big Story about pilgrims on trip Pilgrim = telling a story Character inside the Pilgrim = tells a story
“The Prologue to the CT ” Character Sketch – literary technique. Painting a picture of a character through direct and indirect characterization.
Direct Characterization When the author/narrator TELLS the character traits (i.e. He is mean.) Indirect Characterization When the author/narrator HINTS/suggests through actions, thoughts, or words of the character Through how others react to the character. Through how the character dresses, etc. The READER infers the character traits.
SATIRE Writing that ridicules in order to reform (change) something.
CT Setting When? Spring (April) Weather is warmer and a time for rebirth (especially with Easter, resurrection). Where? To the Shrine of Thomas a Beckett in Canterbury, England. The journey begins at the Tabard Inn, Southwark (near London). Canterbury is 60 miles from Southwark Takes three (3) days to travel.
Characters 29 Original Pilgrims 1 Narrator Total of 30 Pilgrims + the Host who is NOT a pilgrim.
The Host Owns the Tabard Inn Proposed the game of telling stories along the trip.
The Game The Rules: Each pilgrim tells two stories on the way there and two stories on the way (2+2=4) All the pilgrims agreed. IF a pilgrim goes back on his word, he must pay for the entire trip. The winner gets a banquet/feast at the Tabard Inn at the expense of all the losers.
The Reason Why would the Host come up with such a contest? He says it is the pass the time … BUT the REAL REASONS is ….. MONEY!