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Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales. I. Geoffrey Chaucer: Background Information. 1343?-1400 Son of a vinter (wine merchant) Family name is derived from the French chausseur , meaning shoemaker Father of English poetry Occupations Comptroller of customs for London - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


I. Geoffrey Chaucer: Background Information

Geoffrey Chaucer andThe Canterbury Tales

I. Geoffrey Chaucer:Background Information1343?-1400Son of a vinter (wine merchant)Family name is derived from the French chausseur, meaning shoemakerFather of English poetryOccupationsComptroller of customs for LondonMember of ParliamentWriter/scholar

II. The Canterbury Tales Basic Plot: a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey to Canterbury CathedralWritten in Middle EnglishUnfinished at Chaucers death

Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales

III. The Pilgrimage and TalesA pilgrimage is a journey of moral significanceChaucers pilgrims travel to honor martyr Saint Thomas Becket (reasons: hope of heavenly reward, penance, etc.)Tales from each pilgrim pass the time on the journey

The Fear of Divine Judgment

IV. Story ElementsFrame story a narrative providing the framework for connecting a series of otherwise unrelated storiesArchetypes model of a person; a symbol universally recognized by all


V. Thematic ElementsPilgrimage used as a metaphor for lifeWheel of Fortune fate; the wheel belongs to the goddess Fortune, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel

AssignmentPick three typical archetypes from Woodland Hills High School. 3 paragraphs, one per archetype.Use descriptive vocabulary to describe the archetype.


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