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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the secondary characters of The Canterbury Tales will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the secondary characters found in these tales. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing The Canterbury Tales secondary characters that include the Plowman, the Skipper and Griselda
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
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- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the secondary characters in The Canterbury Tales for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Physical description and personality of the Plowman
- Descriptions of the Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver and other Guildsmen
- Character analysis and description of the Skipper
- Absolon and Griselda in The Canterbury Tales
1. The Plowman in The Canterbury Tales: Physical Description & Personality
Chaucer provides a brief description of the Plowman in the General Prologue to ''The Canterbury Tales.'' From it, one learns that the Plowman is a pious and hard-working individual who possesses a strong faith in God.
2. The Guildsmen in The Canterbury Tales: Haberdasher, Carpenter, Weaver, Dyer & Tapestry Maker
The London guildsmen of a 'great fraternity' in ''The Canterbury Tales'' are representative of 14th century England's prosperous, confident urban elites. This lesson examines their characterization and places them in their historical context.
3. The Skipper in The Canterbury Tales: Description & Character Analysis
The Skipper in ''The Canterbury Tales'' is different from many other characters in the work. He is a fairly straightforward character who calls things as he sees them. This lesson looks at descriptions of his character and his storytelling.
4. Absolon in The Canterbury Tales
If you like lowbrow humor, 'The Miller's Tale' is for you. This lesson gives an overview of the character of Absolon from ''The Canterbury Tales'' and takes a look at Chaucer's not so subtle message that what you see is not always what you get.
5. Griselda in The Canterbury Tales
Griselda is the epitome of patience and loyalty from medieval folklore, and her story of absurd resilience and submission is shared by the Clerk in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
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