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The Canterbury Tales Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for Chaucer's classic work The Canterbury Tales. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses and navigation through each of the tales, this lesson plan will help you convey Chaucer's central themes, including the deception, reputation, and the role of Christianity. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Describe the Doctor in The Canterbury Tales. The Doctor knew medicine well, and took kickbacks from the pharmacist. He was not particularly religious. He was dressed in red and blue/gray garments, and he loved gold.
- Describe the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales. She was a large woman, and somewhat deaf. She had a red complexion and wore a wide hat and spurs. She had been married five times, and she went on many pilgrimages (possibly man-hunting).
- What game does the host propose to the pilgrims? He proposed that they each tell two stories on the way to and from Canterbury. The winner with the best story would get a free meal at the expense of the other travelers. The host would ride along and be the judge. Anyone who wouldn't abide by his rule would have to pay everyone's way.
- What happened to Arcita in The Canterbury Tales? There was an earth tremor as he was taking his victory round. His horse stopped and stumbled, and Arcita was thrown out of the saddle upon his head with his breast shattered by the saddle bow. He later died.
- How did Palamon come to be married to Emily in The Canterbury Tales? After a sufficient period of mourning, a certain number of years, Theseus sent for Palamon. Theseus and his parliament gave permission for Palamon to marry Emily, and they lived happily ever after.
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