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Unformatted text preview: English 315: Chaucer Guide for Reading Chaucer’s “General Prologue” Caldwell How to Analyze a Pilgrim Portrait (From Gail Ashton, Chaucer: Canterbury Tales . NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1998) Consider details of physical appearance details of clothing details of occupation details of habits or ways in which time is spent the use of color as a symbol or representation of an idea what does Chaucer the pilgrim think about this pilgrim? Does that differ from what Chaucer the Poet might be suggesting about the pilgrim? Note: don’t just note or list these features. You have to speculate about them—try to analyze what these details might reveal about the person described. Some of these might be relevant for a pilgrim’s portrait, prologue, or tale repetition of key words of phrases associated with a character juxtaposition of details—the way features, events, or styles of language are contrasted or offset against each other the sort of language used particularly in direct speech: not just what is said, but how it is said (high...
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