Sunday, November 05, 2006

Prologue Questions

1) The point of The Canterbury Tales is to entertain the host of the characters. In addition, The Canterbury Tales is used to help express Chaucer’s feelings and views on various topics. It seems to me that he also uses this book to help inform people. I think that especially in the prologue he's showing that some people may not be bad people, but the things they do, if found out, would be frowned upon by the community.

2) I think Chaucer will approach topics like marriage, economics, fidelity and religion in a humorous and subtle way. He gives hints in the text when he describes the characters. He points out little quirks about them, but he doesn't do it in a negative way. He does this so the reader learns more about the character and the personality of the people he is describing. When he talks about the Miller in the prologue he says, "He was a chatterer and a teller of tavern tales, mostly about sin and ribaldry." This is a clue as to what the Miller's tale is going to be about.

3) The most captivating thing about this piece is how Chaucer is very descriptive. I like this because it helps me to be able to picture the scene in my head. I was not sure what this book was going to be about. I assumed it would be different people's accounts of a pilgrimage. I was very surprised at the end of the prolouge. I think think that was the number one reason that I got hooked into the book.


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