The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer . A Pilgrimage Exposing Corruption . Who was Geoffrey Chaucer? . Early life. Father was a respected wine merchant (got him a job as a page – Chaucer was able to cross class barriers).
A Pilgrimage Exposing Corruption
His Life as an Author
* Chaucer began writing poetry in his twenties.* Chaucer used English at a time when much was written in Latin. * Greatest work is The Canterbury Tales (written in Middle English). Although, it was left unfinished when he died in 1400.* He was buried in the famous “Poets’ Corner” of Westminster Abbey. In fact, he was the first person to be buried there.(based on information from http://www.jbhs.ccs.k12.nc.us)
The Friar’s Tale
It’s considered a “Frame Story” - a story within a story -
The characters are on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The Prologue sets up the initial frame that each pilgrim is to tell two tales on the way to the shrine, and two on the way back. It is set-up in the Prologue that the best story wins a free dinner at the Tabard Inn (their starting point) upon return.
The Monk’s Tale
The Wife of Bath’s Tale
The Pardoner’s Tale
Chaucer, Geoffrey. “The Canterbury Tales.” The Norton Anthology: English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993. 76-101. Print.
“Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales.” http://www.jbhs.ccs.k12.nc.us. Jack Britt High School. 2010. Web. 21 September 2010.