MEDIEVAL TIMES

Exploring the Middle Ages; One Text at a Time

The Canterbury Tales

We will begin out unit by traveling to Canterbury with 29 very interesting characters that come from all walks of life. Geoffrey Chaucer created The Canterbury Tales to highlight the many flaws in their society. This unit will highlight feudalism and the effects this social structure had on the citizens.

CHARACTER FOILS, SATIRE AND CHARACTER TRAITS, OH MY!

As we dissect the story we will be flooded with foils, satire and specific traits of characters. Don' know what these are? No worries! As we travel through the text the examples are endless and by the end of the unit you will be a PRO with the material.

MEET THE CHARACTERS

GET EXCITED!

So....

The Canterbury Tales is a comment on the social structure of the time in Europe. The Feudal system was seen by Geoffrey Chaucer as a "trap," one in which you can never escape your fated position in life, society and wealth. By researching the different characters of the time, we will get a glimpse into the Middle Ages and what it meant to be a "noble" "peasant" or "knight." You might be surprised how much of what we will explore is relevant in today's society.

The Tales

We will start with the General Prologue and read descriptions of all the characters. After which, we will get a closer look at two important characters: the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner
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