Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales. I. Geoffrey Chaucer: Background Information A.1343?-1400 B.Son of a vinter (wine merchant) C.Family name is

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> I. Geoffrey Chaucer: Background Information A.1343?-1400 B.Son of a vinter (wine merchant) C.Family name is derived from the French chausseur, meaning shoemaker D.Father of English poetry E.Occupations A.Comptroller of customs for London B.Member of Parliament C.Writer/scholar </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> II. The Canterbury Tales A.Basic Plot: a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey to Canterbury Cathedral B.Written in Middle English C.Unfinished at Chaucers death </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Geoffrey Chaucers Canterbury Tales </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> III. The Pilgrimage and Tales A.A pilgrimage is a journey of moral significance B.Chaucers pilgrims travel to honor martyr Saint Thomas Becket (reasons: hope of heavenly reward, penance, etc.) C.Tales from each pilgrim pass the time on the journey </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> The Fear of Divine Judgment </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> IV. Story Elements A.Frame story a narrative providing the framework for connecting a series of otherwise unrelated stories B.Archetypes model of a person; a symbol universally recognized by all Archetypes </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> V. Thematic Elements A.Pilgrimage used as a metaphor for life B.Wheel of Fortune fate; the wheel belongs to the goddess Fortune, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> Assignment Pick three typical archetypes from Woodland Hills High School. 3 paragraphs, one per archetype. Use descriptive vocabulary to describe the archetype. </li> </ul>

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