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Ch 2: The Canterbury Tales Literary Analysis

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of The Canterbury Tales for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Literary criticism and critical analysis of The Canterbury Tales
  • Analysis of the 'Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Becket's Shrine'
  • Understanding 'The Tabard Inn and the Innkeeper'
  • The Canterbury Tales writing style, language and themes
  • Tales that use courtly love, marriage and romance
  • Chivalry, medieval society, feudalism and culture in The Canterbury Tales
  • Greed, corruption, religion, Christianity and church figures in the stories
  • The Canterbury Tales social class and status
  • Sex, sexuality, gender roles and the role of women in the tales
  • Analysis of food in The Canterbury Tales
  • Physiognomy in the tales
  • The Canterbury Tales examination of the seven deadly sins and moral values

17 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Canterbury Tales Literary Analysis
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The Canterbury Tales: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

1. The Canterbury Tales: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

This lesson will review Geoffrey Chaucer's ''The Canterbury Tales'', and give an overview of critical responses to this major work of English literature over the course of its history.

The Canterbury Tales: Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Becket's Shrine

2. The Canterbury Tales: Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Becket's Shrine

In this lesson, we will explore about how the pilgrimage functions as a framing story in Chaucer's ''The Canterbury Tales.'' We will learn about pilgrimages in various religions and then discover the significance of St. Thomas Becket in Christian belief.

The Canterbury Tales: The Tabard Inn & Innkeeper

3. The Canterbury Tales: The Tabard Inn & Innkeeper

This lesson explains the Tabard Inn's significance as one of the settings in Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales.' We will also examine the role of its innkeeper, Harry Bailly.

The Canterbury Tales: Writing Style & Language

4. The Canterbury Tales: Writing Style & Language

'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the most influential works in English literature. To understand why, we'll cover Chaucer's writing style and language while exploring their impact on the literary landscape.

The Canterbury Tales Themes

5. The Canterbury Tales Themes

''The Canterbury Tales'' by Geoffrey Chaucer is a fifteenth-century English poem that follows twenty-nine pilgrims to Canterbury. Themes such as class, lies, and religion are popular in the poem.

The Canterbury Tales: Courtly Love, Romance & Marriage

6. The Canterbury Tales: Courtly Love, Romance & Marriage

Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' reflect the ways of love, romance, and marriage in the Middle Ages through the eyes of the nobility, the peasantry, and a woman.

Chivalry in The Canterbury Tales

7. Chivalry in The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' is not known for its chivalry. However, this lesson will discuss how Chaucer does make a point of showing one glowing example of chivalry through the Knight and his tale.

The Canterbury Tales: Medieval Society & Culture

8. The Canterbury Tales: Medieval Society & Culture

Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' is one of the defining works of late medieval literature, as well as of the English canon. In it, Chaucer uses language and characterization to develop a group portrait of his society.

The Canterbury Tales: Greed & Corruption

9. The Canterbury Tales: Greed & Corruption

'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer is a classic work of literature that shows the corruption and greed of the church and others in positions of control. In this lesson, we'll discuss how Chaucer explores these themes with his characters.

The Canterbury Tales: Religion, Christianity & Church Figures

10. The Canterbury Tales: Religion, Christianity & Church Figures

''The Canterbury Tales'' by Chaucer is a story of many tales, yet a theme within the story is religion, corruption of faith, and the church. This lesson reviews the different ways Chaucer brought religion into his novel.

The Canterbury Tales: Social Class & Status

11. The Canterbury Tales: Social Class & Status

In this lesson, we'll explore the social classes that existed in medieval England when Geoffrey Chaucer was writing ''The Canterbury Tales'' and how he used his characters to critique and satirize English society.

Sex & Sexuality in The Canterbury Tales

12. Sex & Sexuality in The Canterbury Tales

In Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales,' the themes of sex and sexuality are developed in several of the characters' stories. In this lesson, we will look at how sex and sexuality are treated in 'The Canterbury Tales.'

Food in The Canterbury Tales

13. Food in The Canterbury Tales

This lesson discusses how Geoffrey Chaucer uses food in three particular ways throughout his famous 14th century poem, ''The Canterbury Tales,'' particularly how food helps characterize people based on medieval culture and beliefs about food and morality.

The Canterbury Tales: Gender Roles & The Role of Women

14. The Canterbury Tales: Gender Roles & The Role of Women

'Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories, published in the Middle Ages, that reflect on some eccentricities of the time. In this lesson, we will examine the gender roles and feminine expectations of the characters in 'Canterbury Tales.'

Physiognomy in The Canterbury Tales: Examples & Meaning

15. Physiognomy in The Canterbury Tales: Examples & Meaning

Do you think you can tell something about a person's character by the way they look? Chaucer certainly thought so! In this lesson, you'll learn more about the use of physiognomy in ''The Canterbury Tales.''

The Seven Deadly Sins in The Canterbury Tales

16. The Seven Deadly Sins in The Canterbury Tales

The Seven Deadly Sins are the only sins that prevent a soul from receiving immortality from God. In 'The Canterbury Tales,' no one but the Parson seems to be concerned with this.

Moral Values & Lessons in The Canterbury Tales

17. Moral Values & Lessons in The Canterbury Tales

In ''The Canterbury Tales'', the pilgrims are setting off to see the shrine of a martyr, which seems to color the stories they tell to each other on the way. This lesson discusses the morality and lessons learned in ''The Canterbury Tales''.

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