Canterbury Cathedral

Click below to access information for The Prologue of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

The Squire

Physiognomy

HOLT Power Point

Notes for HOLT PP

Poster Board Instructions

The Prologue Questions

Character Analysis

The Canterbury Rap

Graphic Organizer

Instructions for Graphic Organizer

The Prioress

Information and resources for The Pardoners and The Wife of Baths Tale.

Analysis WS 1

Analysis WS 2

Analysis WS 3

Response and Analysis: The Pardoners Tale

Allegory: Dr. Seuss and The Lorax

Instructions for Letter to the Editor

Response and Analysis: The Wife of Bath

The Wife of Bath Debates

Final Project Options

The Friar

The picture below illustrates art of the Middle Ages

 

 

The Canterbury Tales by: Geoffery Chaucer

Chaucer

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The Prologue

Canterbury Pilgrims

The Purpose of the General Prolouge is to introduce the pilgrims that make the great journey to Canterbury. the link below provides additional information about the general prologue, as well as access to several of the main characters tales. We will study specifically The Pardoner's and The Wife of Baths Tale. Click this link if you would like to access some of Chaucers other tales.

The Pardoners Tale

Death

Here is the portrait of the Pardoner from the General Prologue where he is accompanied by the disgusting Summoner who is his friend, his singing partner and possibly his lover. The even more corrupt Pardoner professes to give gullible people pardon for their sins in exchange for money, as well as a view of his pretended holy relics which will bring them blessings. He too is physically repellent: he has thin scraggly hair of which, however, he is absurdly vain, and his high voice and beardlessness suggest that he is not a full man but something eunuch-like, again a metaphor for his barren spiritual state.

Additionally, I have provided a link to a youtube video of a students final Canterbury Tales project. Always imagine the possibilities!

 

The Wife of Bath's Tale

The Knight and his bride

By challenging the value of virginity, the Wife of Bath, calls into question both secular and religious ideals of women. The most powerful image of woman in the Middle Ages, one who embodied all the occulted misogyny that the idealization of virginity entailed was of course the Virgin Mary. The symbolic valences attached to Mary were complex. Mary had been held to be a type of the church since St. Ambrose (4th century) asserted that by giving birth to Christ, she had also given birth to Christians. Mary as a symbol of the Church and as the bride of Christ (sponsa Christi) was an image that received great attention from the latter half of the eleventh century, culminating in the commentaries of Bernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs. The doctrine of Immaculate Conception--Mary's own conception free from sexuality and thus free from original sin with all that it entails, including painful childbirth, was a matter of dispute in the Middle Ages. In England, it was denied by Asnselm of Canterbury and defended by Duns Scotus. From the thirteenth century, it was promoted by the Franciscans and opposed by the Dominicans. The image that developed in the Middle Ages of the Virgin Mary reflected the complex, ambivalent, and contradictory feelings about marriage and sexuality that women evoked.