Ch 6: The Canterbury Tales Quotes

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

  • Important quotes from the prologue of The Canterbury Tales
  • Character quotes from Harry Bailly, the Knight, the Miller, the Reeve and the Wife of Bath
  • Quotes by the Friar, the Summoner, the Merchant, the Squire, the Physician and the Pardoner
  • Notable things said by the Prioress, the Monk, the Nuns, the Yeoman, the Plowman and the Skipper
  • Significant quotes about love, marriage, religion and the Parson

22 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Canterbury Tales Quotes
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The Canterbury Tales Prologue: Quotes & Analysis

1. The Canterbury Tales Prologue: Quotes & Analysis

This lesson explores Chaucer's literary portrait of Medieval English society as portrayed in the prologue to his famous ''The Canterbury Tales.'' We will look at his use of language and then discover how each character represents a distinct social class.

Harry Bailly the Host Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

2. Harry Bailly the Host Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

Harry Bailly is the Host of the group that heads to to see the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket, Chaucer's ''The Canterbury Tales''. He also becomes the voice of reason and civility during the journey.

The Knight Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

3. The Knight Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of stories written in Middle English that follow many pilgrims on a journey. The Knight is a prominent character, and in this lesson we'll learn more about him.

The Miller Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

4. The Miller Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

One of the best ways to understand a character in book or even a movie, is to examine what they say. This can be tough in the ''The Canterbury Tales'' because much of the speaking is story telling. In this lesson, we will zero in on the Miller's quotes. Read on to find out more.

The Reeve Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

5. The Reeve Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

If you are reading ''The Canterbury Tales'' you may find yourself wondering what's up with the Reeve and why he is so angry with the Miller. In this lesson, we will take a look at the Reeve's most important quotes and what he is trying to say.

The Wife of Bath Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

6. The Wife of Bath Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The Wife of Bath is a five-times married woman of strength and backbone, which is not normally seen in the 1400s. The character Chaucer created is one of his most detailed within the ''Canterbury Tales''.

The Friar Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

7. The Friar Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

In Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales', the friar is a repulsive character who abuses his religious post. His description is completely ironic to highlight his true nature. In this lesson, we will look at the friar through several quotes.

The Summoner Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

8. The Summoner Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' is a collection of tales told by pilgrims. These tales take a turn for the worse when the Summoner retaliates against the Friar. This lesson will examine quotes from the Summoner's tale.

The Merchant Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

9. The Merchant Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

There are 32 characters in 'The Canterbury Tales.' If you are having a tough time remembering who said what, check out this lesson where will take an in-depth look at some of the Merchant's most defining quotes. Read on to get in the know.

The Squire Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

10. The Squire Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

In this lesson we will explore some of the Squire's quotes from 'The Canterbury Tales.' We'll also analyze what these quotes tell us about the Squire and his storytelling style.

The Physician Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

11. The Physician Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The Physician is a wealthy man who relies on astrology and medications to treat his patients. In this lesson, we will examine the character of the Physician from Geoffrey Chaucer's ''The Canterbury Tales'' by looking at quotes about him.

The Pardoner Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

12. The Pardoner Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The Pardoner is a man of ambiguous honesty. He travels at the tail end of the company as they travel to Canterbury, and is honest in how he tricks those looking for faith.

The Prioress Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

13. The Prioress Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The Prioress runs an abbey, but she spends her time on this trip trying to be perceived as a woman taught at court, and focuses more on behaviors of a regular woman, than she does of a pious one. This lesson examines relevant quotes from the Prioress.

The Monk Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

14. The Monk Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

This lesson describes the Monk as a happy man that would rather have good food than prayer. He enjoys the ability to live a life of no want and cares little for the cold and stark world of the monastery.

The Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

15. The Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's Prioress, emblematic and much-debated. She breaks all the rules of monastic life, while seeming to embody rulebooks for aristocratic conduct. Is she typical of her time? A satirical portrait? This lesson examines how her own words illustrate her character.

The Second Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

16. The Second Nun Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

In the Second Nun's tale, she does a lot of talking about how awesome it is to be a virgin, despite what other travelers in The Canterbury Tales think.

The Yeoman Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

17. The Yeoman Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

''The Canterbury Tales'' can be a challenging read. One of the reasons is that there are so many different characters. Add to that the really weird and old English, and you may feel lost. Don't worry. In this lesson, we will take a close look at the Yeoman and take apart some of his most relevant quotes. Read on to learn more.

Quotes About The Parson in The Canterbury Tales

18. Quotes About The Parson in The Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we will examine the most righteous of the pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales.' The Parson is a religious man who lives a simple, good life aligned with the teachings of the Bible.

The Plowman Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

19. The Plowman Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

Twenty-nine characters take a journey in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' and each one contributes to the overarching plot and themes within the poem. In this lesson, we will look at quotes about the Plowman

The Skipper Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

20. The Skipper Quotes in The Canterbury Tales

The Skipper's character, as well as the tale he tells, make important points about the relationships between wealth, religiosity, and character. Chaucer is very interested throughout ''The Canterbury Tales'' in hypocrisy, and we see this theme in many of the Skipper's quotes.

Quotes about Religion in The Canterbury Tales

21. Quotes about Religion in The Canterbury Tales

Religion in 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer is complicated. Some characters use religion for their own benefits, while others are committed to their faith. In this lesson, we will look at religion as a theme in the poem.

Quotes about Love & Marriage in The Canterbury Tales

22. Quotes about Love & Marriage in The Canterbury Tales

Various characters, including the narrator, discuss love and marriage in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales.' In this lesson, we will examine several quotes and understand how these topics function in the poem.

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