Kelsie Dodd Mallory British Literature April 30, 2018 Characterization in The Canterbury Tales General Prologue Characterization plays the most important part in the light that you see a character in. No matter what method of characterization you use, they all give information on the type of person a character is. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue gives a short description of several people who embark on this pilgrimage. Chaucer had to give short but concise characterization of each one without spoiling too much for what may occur on the voyage. He does a great job painting a basic picture using physical traits, personality traits, as well as background information that is important in development of character. For example, the Monk enjoys hunting. It further shows how much he has no regard for rules, because Monks are supposed to worship in confinement. (Raphel 2018) By Chaucer giving a general prologue before the specific prologue of each character, Chaucer prepared you for the type of story each individual would have. For example, the Wife of Bath. She was probably the most well thought out as well as described in the book. It all started with the way she was introduced in the general prologue. She was painted as a rich woman
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