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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Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England
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.
a mode of writing that exposes the failings of individuals, institutions, or societies to ridicule and scorn.
Different types of teenagers and adults
CHARACTERS FLAWS EXPOSED
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
leaders of religion, men of war, and men of labor
Win at all costs
Cares more about thanking God for his blessings than he does about making an impression on others
Plain, modest, honest man with soiled clothing
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
Talented, but will not advance due to his open wound
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
Hair hangs down to his shoulders
Sold pardons for money
“Sang an Offertory”
The Ellesmere manuscript, 15th century
“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).
“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).