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Week 2 Notes (Week 3 counting first week of classes)

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Week 2 Notes (Week 3 counting first week of classes) ENGL 221

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British Literature to 1798
K. Attie

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Notes on The Canterbury Tales - The General Prologue and The Wife of Bath
British Literature to 1798
K. Attie
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Date Created: 02/06/16
The Canterbury Tales 1 General Theme Protestant Reformation ideals ahead of his time Martin Luther The General Prologue 1 Literarv Background Established literary value of the English language Through writing in English rather than French more of the style of the aristocracy Did not focus on ability to read Latin sign of upper class Many of his manuscripts survived to the present day c 1440 printing via Gutenberg s press William Caxton was the first to produce books in England and published The Canterbury Tales I the book became more widely available and popular 2 Chaucer s Background Middleclass background son of an af uent wine merchant but married a higher class woman I social mobility and representation of high and low culture and statuses in his work 3 Style Estate s Satire Exposes typical examples of corruption at all levels of society Formal rhymed couplets legitimizes rhyme as a valid good trait of poetry English but with lingering French in uence Pronunciation emphasis on the e at the ends of words Words Coeur French word for heart as seen in corage 4 Narrator Character in a story rather than merely a narrator 1St POV as opposed to omniscient Equally detailed descriptions for all social classes Disclaimerapology at the end of the Prologue I hides Chaucer s true motives Vows to truthfully tell a vulgar tale for the sake of narrative integrity Explains that he talks about people regardless of social order because he is often confused 5 Topic Materialitv Dress Social attire as a social signifier 6 Character Knight 10 0 Generally favorably depicted due to upper class audience Chaucer needed support from nobles via a pension andor favors artistic patronage Depiction similar to Sir Gwaine Sir Gwaine and the Green Knight Character Monk 0 Religious BUT has many secular outdoorsy in particular interests and materialistic tastes Character Friar Hubert 0 Greed Territorial begging I profits for himself rather than to the poor 0 Lustful impregnates many women and has them married to other men to hide his actions 0 Dishonest advocates easy penance in exchange for monetary donations Character PreacherParson 0 Christlike Looks like a shepherd Has 12 apostles Forgiving Does not show favoritism Practices what he preaches 0 BUT he is an example of how too much goodness can lead to vulnerability Characters Pardoner and Somnour 0 Somnour Effeminate voice hair Manipulationcon artist Blackmails people to give him money or else he will turn them over to the ecclesial courts and sells phony relics 0 Pardoner Manipulation tells others they can buy their way into heaven or lessen their time in purgatory The Wife of Bath The General ProlOgue Description 0 Competitive Wants to win the storytelling contest 0 Experienced but not educated experienced though noun aucturitee l Wise from experience especially from having 5 husbands 0 Travels a lot to many pilgrimages Social 0 Passionate Wears red stockings and expensive elaborate clothes Feminist 0 Independent 0 Rejection of valuing female virginity Using heard scripture andor functional literacy 0 Depicts battle of the sexes while still in a traditionally female role Convinces her first 3 nicedocile husbands that they made sexist remarks when drunk and makes them feel bad for her I make it up to her through favors AND does this when she was in the wrong 0 Resourceful sex and economics Moves from one rich husband to the next I becomes increasingly rich Business Uses sex as a bargaining tool to encourage husbands to serve her supply and demand 294 Business tells a husband she could make more money selling herself so he should be grateful She only implies the male shame of losing her as a kind of sexual property 292 Not Feminist 0 Manipulative and dominant Seeks to use men rather than be more equal to them issue of proto vs contemporary see resourceful above 0 Vengeful but not sinful Retaliation for 4th husband s cheating made him believe she cheated on him to drive him mad Her Interpretation of Scripture 0 PromProtestant individuals need and interpret scripture for themselves In this case she interprets this as a woman not holding a position at the church Evidence a Sex makes babies BUT she doesn t have kids b Double standard biblical figures such as King Solomon had many wives c Sex makes babies and thus more virgins BUT again she doesn t have kids


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