Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012


How have your thoughts on the Canterbury Tales developed over the course of our unit? You started with no knowledge, read some, had some initial thoughts. Then we discussed, then you answered questions. Hopefully you understand it better after discussing. Then we read more, answered more questions and discussed more AND watched modern youtube versions. Do you feel you have a good grasp on the tales that we read? a good grasp on the idea of a parody? a good grasp on what it means to be a pilgrim or go on a pilgrimage?

Essay prompt:

choose one of the tales we read from the Canterbury Tales and analyze how it is a parody of another type of tale. You will need to know character information about the story-teller, the definition of the type of tale it is a parody of, and why it is a parody of that tale. 

A possible organization scheme for this essay could be:

I: Introduction-state thesis

A : Character analysis that focuses on how their character traits impact your understanding of the tale they tell.
B: Analysis of the type of tale it is focusing on the purpose of this type of tale, how it fits the tale told, etc.
C: Analysis of the reasons why YOU think this tale is a parody of the type of tale. What about the tale pokes fun at the type of tale (and/or the characters).

III: Conclusion

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