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The Canterbury Tales. J.L. Ilsley High School English 12 Eras and Ages. Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400). Writer Poet Diplomat Educator Philosopher Husband Father Father of English Lit. The Book. One of the original works of English Literature

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The canterbury tales

The Canterbury Tales

J.L. Ilsley High School

English 12

Eras and Ages


Geoffrey chaucer 1343 1400

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)

  • Writer

  • Poet

  • Diplomat

  • Educator

  • Philosopher

  • Husband

  • Father

  • Father of English Lit


The book

The Book

  • One of the original works of English Literature

  • Chaucer was the first to argue that there could be a literature in English, as opposed to Latin or Greek.


The manuscript

The Manuscript

  • Published before the printing press

  • Hand-lettered

  • Illuminated Manuscript

  • Stylized initial letters


The story

The Story

  • Pilgrimage to Canterbury

  • Knight, Miller, Nun, Monk, Merchant, Cook, Physician, Wife of Bath, etc.

  • Stories while traveling


The language

The Language

  • Written in “Middle English”

  • Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) with Latin and French thrown in

  • Wait till you hear it!


The miller s tale

The Miller’s Tale

  • After the Knight’s Tale (which was chivalrous)

  • He was drunk

  • He was naughty

  • He was the comic relief


The story1

The Story

  • Young woman (Alison), rich older husband (John)

  • Pretty girl, loved by the young men in the community

  • Seduced by Nicholas, but also loved by Absolom


The miller s tale continued

The Miller’s Tale, Continued

  • Nicholas dupes Alison’s husband by convincing him that there is going to be a Biblical flood; the husband hides in a tub on the roof.

  • Absolom serenades Alison, but she isn’t interested. She and Nicholas are cruel to him.


In the end

In the end…

  • Nicholas gets the girl, but also gets “hurt”

  • Absolom gets his feelings hurt

  • John falls off the roof in his tub; neighbours think he’s nuts

  • Alison remains a ho


Let s read an excerpt

Let’s Read an Excerpt!


Questions for reading copy and complete for wednesday

Questions for Reading – Copy and complete for Wednesday

  • How is Alison described in “The Miller’s Tale”? (Include some of the animals and plants that Alison is compared to, and discuss her looks.)

  • How does Absalom try to “woo” Alison?

  • How does astrology feature in this story? Who makes predictions based on the stars? Who believes them?

  • Cite a tricky line or passage from “The Miller’s Tale.” What strategies did you use to make meaning?

  • What is the theme of “The Miller’s Tale”? What is Chaucer saying about marriage, youth, or love?


Works cited

Works Cited

  • http://www.vmi.edu/fswebs.aspx?tid=34099&id=34337

  • http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm

  • http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/noa/audio.htm

  • http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~chaucer/teachslf/milt-par.htm

  • http://www.umm.maine.edu/faculty/necastro/chaucer/ct/milt/


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