Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales:
- Read the introductory material, and read the sample Middle English passage aloud (p. 96).
- “The General Prologue”, pp. 97-111.
- “The Pardoner’s Prologue”, pp. 114-116.
- “The Pardoner’s Tale”, pp. 116-120.
I would like particularly to concentrate in class discussion on some of the questions under the characterization section at the top of p. 113. Please think about these carefully.
Those who would like to examine Chaucer’s “General Prologue” in Middle English can click here; a fairly wide general bibliography and collection of texts is also offered at the Luminarium site, including several links to full texts of the Canterbury Tales.
Consider as you read:
- What kind of picture is Chaucer painting of himself? How does he do that?
- Can you always take what he says at face value?
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