The Canterbury Tales EQ: What is a pilgrimage, and how can we use this as a “snapshot of time?” What is “everyman” and characterization?
The Canterbury Tales is… • Collection of stories and a “snapshot of the Middle Ages” • Characters go on a pilgrimage: religious journey to a shrine or holy place
Where are they going? • Spring – time of new life • 29 characters begin at the Tabard Inn in London • Travel on horseback to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas á Becket at Canterbury Cathedral • 55 miles
Looooong Way…. • Host suggests the characters exchange tales to pass time which sets up the frame story – story that serves to bind together several different narratives • 2 there, two back • Winner gets a prize “How I Met Your Mother”
Who are they? • These pilgrims represent many stations, stages, and social classes of life • They represent “everyman” or an ordinary, typical human being (all of us), in our universal journey through life • Example- next year: college dorm; new job
Characterization • Chaucer reveals the personality of the characters by: • how the character looks and dresses • how the character speaks and acts • how the character thinks and feels • how others respond to the character ….through the use of his host Read pages 142-143
Reading Recap • According to the narrator, when spring brings new life, what do people long to do? • As you are about to start this new journey in life after graduation, what do you long to do?
“Burgess” – authority figure of a town • “Spry” – lively 1. Lines 676-784. List at least 3 characteristics of the Host. • Read lines 785-803. How does the Host feel about the journey to Canterbury? (hint – lines 793-794)
“Deferred” - postpone 3. Lines 804-829. How will the best stories be measured? • Read lines 830-841. How will the Host act as “Governor”? • Lines 842-856. Why do you think the Host keeps reminding the pilgrims that they will pay if they break the rules?
The Office • Overview: TV comedy that depicts the everyday lives of office employees in Scranton, PA • Work for a paper company • Although life in an office is dull and boring, the characters find a way to have fun
“Beach Games” • Going on a pilgrimage, or journey, to the beach • Many different types of people • The Host, Michael Scott, looking for traits of a perfect manager • Prize = someone to take his job
Exit slip: After watching this episode, who would you hire for the manager position and why? Dwight Jim Andy Pam Stanley