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A Study of The Canterbury Tales. Important Historical Moments & Concepts The Crusades – 1095-1270. Feudalism = presence of knights, focus on courtly love.

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1 A Study of The Canterbury Tales

2 Important Historical Moments & Concepts The Crusades – Feudalism = presence of knights, focus on courtly love Hundred Years’ War – Black Death =

3 Key Learning: How do the writings of the Middle Ages represent the lives, loves, loyalties, and humor of humanity?

4 Geoffrey Chaucer c Considered the father of English poetry Wrote in the vernacular Served as a soldier, government servant, and member of Parliament Introduced iambic pentameter First writer buried in Westminster Abbey

5 The Canterbury Tales: Snapshot of an Age It frames a story of characters on a religious pilgrimage to Canterbury. The characters are a concise portrait of an entire nation. The pilgrimage is a quest narrative. The characters tell stories that reflect “everyman” in the universal pilgrimage of life.

6 The Travelers to Canterbury Working Class Plowman Haberdasher Cook Dyer Miller Carpenter Reeve Weaver Host Carpetmaker

7 The Travelers to Canterbury Professional Class Military Knight, Squire, Yeoman Religious Nun, 3 Priests, Friar, Parson, Pardoner, Summoner Secular Cleric, Serjeant at Law, Merchant, Skipper, Doctor

8 The Travelers to Canterbury Upper Class Wife of Bath Franklin

9 Chaucer’s Snapshot of the Middle Ages Population

10 Stylistic Elements Written in Middle English verse It is a frame story – a story that includes, or frames, another story or stories Chaucer’s frame is the pilgrimage, which he originally planned as a round trip but remains incomplete Within this frame are 24 individual stories the pilgrims tell It is a series of verse stories told by different pilgrims, from many walks of life, on their pilgrimage to St. Thomas a Becket’s shrine at Canterbury Cathedral It is the most accurate depiction of the life and values of people in Medieval 14 th Century England

11 Superb Characterization The many voices are painted with intensely detailed lines, and each one is unique and realistic. The narrative voice of each character is subtly maintained throughout the tale that each tells, and the qualities of the individual telling the tale are apparent.

12 To Summarize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBa5n N_JyPk&feature=youtu.be


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