Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)

"General Prologue"
Cast of Characters:
 
Narrator Tapestry-Maker
Knight Dyer
Squire Weaver
Yeoman Cook
Prioress Sailor/Shipman
Priest Physician (Doctor of Medicine
Nun Wife of Bath
Monk Parson
Friar Plowman
Merchant Reeve
Oxford Student/Clerk Miller
Lawyer (Sergeant of Law) Summoner
Franklin Manciple
Haberdasher Pardoner
Carpenter Innkeeper/Host
General Things to Consider:
  • Characterization:  Relative "Goodness" and "Badness"
  • Satire:
    • Horatian (Horace (Roman, 65-8 BCE)): playful, mild, gentle, humorous
    • Juvenalian (Juvenal (Roman, 1st-2nd C. BCE)): bitter, sarcastic, indignant, sarcastic
  • Fabliau
  • Piety vs. Hypocrisy
  • Generational Differences
  • Relation of Story to Storyteller
  • Definitions of Terms 

The first eighteen lines in Middle English (Hear pronunciation ):

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licóur
Of which vertú engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye,
So priketh hem Natúre in hir corages,
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.
** Homework Questions **
Chaucer:
(Norton Introduction)

1197:

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General Prologue:
Homework Questions:
1
: 2-3: 3-4: 4:

5:

11:

11-12:

Other Discussion Questions:
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7: 8: 10: 12: 12-15:
13:
14: 15: 15-16:
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"The Wife of Bath's Tale"
Things to Consider: ** Homework Questions **
Prologue:
207-8:
211:
213-14:

215-16:

Tale Proper :
223
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224:
226: 228: 230: Conclusion:
Other Discussion Questions:
Prologue:
206: 207:

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209: 213: 214-15:

217:

218:

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221: Tale Proper:
223: 225: 227: 228: 229:

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