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Canterbury Tales Prologue: Vocabulary Words. 1. solicitous- showing care or concern 2. garnered- decorated; trimmed 3. absolution- act of sin or criminal charge 4. commission- authorization; act of giving authority to an individual 5. sanguine- confident; cheerful

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canterbury tales prologue vocabulary words
Canterbury Tales Prologue: Vocabulary Words
  • 1. solicitous- showing care or concern
  • 2. garnered- decorated; trimmed
  • 3. absolution- act of sin or criminal charge
  • 4. commission- authorization; act of giving authority to an individual
  • 5. sanguine- confident; cheerful
  • 6. prevarication- evasion of truth
literary analysis
Literary Analysis
  • 2 types of characterization
  • 1. Direct characterization- presents direct statements about a character
  • 2. Indirect characterization- uses actions, thoughts, dialogue, and description to reveal a character’s personality.
  • Social commentary- writing that offers insight into society, its values and its customs.
  • Chaucer provides social commentary about English society in Canterbury Tales
literary analysis1
Literary Analysis
  • Each of major forms of medieval literature represented
  • 1. romances ( tales of chivalry)
  • 2. fabliaux (short, bawdy, humorous stories)
  • 3. allegories ( narratives in which characters represent abstractions such as Pride or Honor)
  • Also: stories of saints’ lives and sermons
  • Heroic couplet- Chaucer’s form- pair of rhyming lines with five stressed syllables each
  • Big reason why Chaucer known as father of English poetry
geoffrey chaucer s background
Geoffrey Chaucer’s background
  • Very much experience with medieval world
  • Son of a merchant, soldier, diplomat, royal clerk and page in a royal house
  • Born into middle class family about 1343
  • Served- English Army in France- 1359- captured + held prisoner
  • King Edward paid a lot for his release
  • Married Philippa Pan- lady-in-waiting to queen
  • Eldest child- Thomas- married noblewoman + acquired great wealth
history of chaucer s writing
History of Chaucer’s Writing
  • Began writing in his 20s
  • Practiced skills as he rose through ranks of medieval society
  • Early poems based on works of European poets
  • 1st major work- The Book of the Duchess- 1369
  • developed mature style of his own + displayed insight into human character
  • Canterbury Tales- later years
  • Inspiration came from participation in his pilgrimage to Canterbury
clothing important in medieval times
Clothing Important in Medieval Times
  • 14th century- rules based on money
  • No1 below rank of knight could wear fur
  • Merchants could wear same knights only if 5 times wealthier
  • Women forbidden from wearing silk head coverings
  • Clothes said a lot about who you, where you fit, and what you aspire to be
the father of english poetry
The Father of English Poetry
  • Considered greatest English poet
  • Shrewd storyteller
  • Generations of poets writing in English have studied his work for inspiration + learning
summary of prologue
Summary of Prologue
  • Narrator- probably Chaucer
  • Meets 29 other Pilgrims strat Tabard Inn- London suburb
  • Harry Bailey- host of Inn- presents challenge:
  • Each pilgrim tell 2 stories on way to and from Canterbury
  • Person who tells best story treated to feast held by other pilgrims
  • Chaucer describes each pilgrim