Presentation on theme: "General & Character Prologue"— Presentation transcript:
1General & Character Prologue The Canterbury TalesGeneral & Character Prologue
2The Knight Lines 43-80 The Knight—follows code of chivalry. Has had long career – fought in the “holy wars”Is modest, considerate, well mannered.Clothing is soiled– this suggests he is plain, honest, modest, cares more about thanking God than making impression on others.Also might not have much $Embodies the ideal chivalric knight – closest character to perfection in Chaucer’s eyes.
3The Squire Lines 81-102 The Squire 20 years old. Young, naïve, full of youthful vanityHis clothes were flashy which then stress his youthfulness and frivolityInterested in “playing the part”Seems to be a lady’s man (lust vs. love)Embodies the aspect of courtly love of the chivalric code
4The YeomanLines The Yeoman (a manservant above the rank of groom—servant who tended horses)Originally yeomen were knights’ servants, they later became landowners.Dressed in all green; carries bows & arrows and a dagger; neat & orderly, and careful with equipment.Knowledgeable/skilled as a woodsman.He wears a St. Christopher medal (patron saint of travelers)
5The Prioress (Nun)Lines The nun, a Prioress (prioress was in charge of a group of nuns in a convent– Mother Superior)Lots of irony associated w/her: she leaves convent (as Prioress not supposed to), she swears by St. Loy (ironic b/c Saint was known for his refusal to swear), her French is not good, she’s extremely careful about her table manners, she consciously eats in a supposedly refined way. She puts on the airs of courtly grace, but they seem false. She has pet dogs and feeds them well (nuns not to have pets, instead should spend $ on poor)
6Prioress (Nun) continued Note her forehead spans 9 inches (she’s big!)High foreheads were supposed to indicate intelligence and good breeding.Chaucer is probably mocking her pretensions here.She wears coral– this was considered a defense against worldly temptations as well as a love charm (ironic for a nun!)
7The Monk Lines 169-211 The Monk Not a bit “monkly” Has a stable full of horses.Doesn’t believe in being cloistered.Ignores rulesIs an avid hunter. Has lots of greyhounds, worldly things.Wears rich clothing and jewelry, enjoys good foodIs fat (b/c peasants often didn’t have enough to eat, obesity was a sign of success & affluence, thus ironic for a monk