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Canterbury Tales 09/05/18 Three Literary Modes Lyric Dramatic Narrative Geoffrey Chaucer “Father of English Literature”, write in vernacular Why do we call this the General Prologue? Because some of the individual tales have prologues of their own. One of Chaucer Greatest trick is to hide himself behind the script (Chaucer the Pilgrim) Chaucer the pilgrim describes the individual portrait. Kind of filters the world through Chaucer the pilgrim Sees and hears the world in all texture Is not homogenous Help you when you were sick Go to the shrine of Thomas Beckett to be healed He is making an artificial setting/description, an easy moving into his work. Chaucer is asking us to come along a festival. Three General ‘Estates’ Those who Fight (Kings, Queens, Knights, Aristocrat, tiny segment of society) o Those who pray (Bureaucrat a big part of society) Those who work (Candle makers, people work with their hands) Estate Satire A genre that describes a society satirizing social types in relation to their occupations Happens in Canterbury Tales but Chaucer is forgiving of human nature Austin Estate Satire UT President Indie filmmaker Reluctant homeschooler Startup CEO Live music enthusiast Yoga Instructor Tech sales Barista Politician Kyle Chandler
Homeless man Tattoo artist Food Truck vendor Minivan mom Street performer 6 th Street alcoholic tow truck driver Chaucer is aware that we are desires competitive creature and that there is no natural order of authority in society. Miller The Miller speaks in a low-class language Uses his size and strength to win Socially irresponsible Physically rough features match his personality Weapons for his enemies Huge, dirty mouth spews more than it should; he also consumes more than is right Noisy extrovert Chaucerian Irony Double-speaking without overt criticism or malice… Chaucer satire is often gentle satire that usually, accepts human fallibility Proverb “An honest miller has a thumb of gold” The descriptions are varied The pilgrims differ enormously What could be mechanical process is messy instead like nature The Churl’s tale (The Miller’s Prologue and Tale) 09/07/18 General Prologue Estate Satire Variety Ambiguity, Irony, Uncertainty Chaucerian Irony Chaucer the Pilgrim is hinting there is more than meets the eye Three idealized (“perfect”) pilgrims The Knight The Parson (Brother of Plowman)- Both perfect in their occupation

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