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Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Pilgrims Depart. The tabard inn, southwark, England. The Pilgrimage. England. The Pilgrims Arrive. Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England. Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Cathedral. The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170.

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the pilgrims depart
The Pilgrims Depart
  • The tabard inn, southwark, England
the pilgrims arrive
The Pilgrims Arrive

Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England

the murder of thomas becket 1170
The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170
  • Public opinion of the time and subsequent history have laid the blame for the murder at the feet of Becket's former close personal friend, King Henry II.
  • The brutal event sent a tremor through Medieval Europe.

A sword's crushing blow extinguished the life of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, on a cold December evening as he struggled on the steps of his altar.

memorial of thomas becket
Memorial of Thomas Becket
  • The four swords that murdered the archbishop of canterbury
social satire
Social Satire

a mode of writing that exposes the failings of individuals, institutions, or societies to ridicule and scorn.

Chaucer creates a sense of humanism through his gentle satire and forces judgment, and then forgiveness
social satire in the breakfast club
Social Satire in The Breakfast Club
  • Frame Story:

Saturday School

  • Social Satire:

Different types of teenagers and adults

  • Stereotypes:
    • The Princess
    • The Jock
    • The Brain
    • The Freak
    • The Slacker
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Social Satire in The Breakfast Club


The Princess Snobbery, materialistic

The Jock Bullying, competitiveness

The Brain Fear, elitism, no self-esteem

The Freak Desperate for attention

The Slacker Angry, can’t show true self

social satire in the canterbury tales
Social Satire in The Canterbury Tales
  • Frame Story:


  • Social Satire:

leaders of religion, men of war, and men of labor

  • Stereotypes:
    • The Knight
    • Prioress
    • The cook
    • The Wife of Bath
    • The pardoner
social satire in canterbury tal es
Social Satire in Canterbury Tales

Prologue portrait:

The Knyght

Win at all costs

Hates conflict


Cares more about thanking God for his blessings than he does about making an impression on others

Plain, modest, honest man with soiled clothing

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Social Satire in Canterbury Tales

Prologue portrait:

The Prioresse



Swears by St. Loy, the patron saint of goldsmiths who was known for his refusal to swear

Has pets, the money required for their care was meant for the poor

Wears a Coral trinket

A romantic, Eglantyne is name of several romantic heroes

Large woman with dainty features

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Social Satire in The Canterbury Tales

Prologue Portrait:

The Cook



Talented, but will not advance due to his open wound

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Social Satire in Canterbury Tales

Prologue Portrait:

The Wyf of Bathe

Motivated by lust

Concerned about being the first to the alter

Takes full advantage of her freedom, a luxury to women

Cares more about status than spirituality

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Social Satire in Canterbury Tales

Prologue Portrait:

The Pardoner



Hair hangs down to his shoulders

Sold pardons for money

“Sang an Offertory”

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The Canterbury Tales

The Ellesmere manuscript, 15th century

the host s notion
The Host’s Notion:

“Each one of you shall help to make things slip

By telling two stories on the outward trip

To Canterbury, that’s what I intend

And, on the homeward way to journey’s end

Another two, tales from the days of old;

And then the man whose story is best told,

That is to say who gives the fullest measure

Of good morality and general pleasure,

He shall be given a supper, paid by all,

Here in the tavern, in this very hall,

When we come back again from Canterbury” (811-21).

the host continued
The Host continued…

“I’ll be the judge, and those who won’t obey

Shall pay for what we spend upon the way.

Now if you all agree to what you’ve heard

Tell me at once without another word,

And I will make arrangements early for it” (825-29).