Chaucer Writing Assignment Ideas

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  • Geoffrey Chaucer Tale Chaucer

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    "The Wife of the Bath's Tale" is the most affecting piece of literature studied this semester. The ranges of emotions displayed by the story's characters are a function of Chaucer's personal feelings. The reason the literature has been so affecting is because of the character development, and emotional differences from one character to the next. Another reason the story was affecting was because of the dilemmas faced by the knight, and other characters in the story, there are some questions begg...
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales

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    Geoffrey Chaucer led a busy official life, as an esquire of the royal court, as the administrator of the customs for the port of London, as a participant in important diplomatic missions, and in a variety of other official duties. Before William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer was the distinguished English poet, and still retains the position as the most significant poet to write in Middle English. Chaucer was born in 1342, but historians are uncertain about his exact date of birth. Geoffrey's wel...
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  • King Richard Ii Troilus And Criseyde

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    Geoffrey Chaucer has been called the Father of the English language. He did for the English narrative what Shakespeare later did for drama. He was the first writer to use lines of poetry that had an appeal to those interested in nature and books. His writing was very modern for his time, even more modern than the writings of others after he died, but he stayed within the traditions of medieval poetry. Chaucer was born in London, no one knows exactly what date but sometime between 1340 and 1344. ...
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  • Evil Works Of Chaucer

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    Evil Works of Chaucer The philosophical notions of good and evil have always been the essential part of the human outlook. As generations changed one another, peoples understanding of good and evil also underwent modifications that reflected the development of human morals. Evolution of the concept of evil in the human mind is depicted in literary works beginning from such poems as Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In these works the concept o...
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales

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    Class Hierarchy The Ricardian Period is often associated with a range of numerous changes related to economical, political, cultural and social life. This period is also often explored within the context of discovery of an individual and the cultural rise of middle class that went hand in hand with economical growth. As for economic development, there are several aspects that made impact on the process of changes during the Ricardian Period: foreign policy in general and development of foreign e...
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  • Root Of All Evil Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Chaucer s Pardoner: A Character Sketch Geoffrey Chaucer was a people watcher. During diplomatic errands throughout Europe, Geoffrey Chaucer learned about the people who surrounded him. This is what made it possible for him to write The Canterbury Tales. The Canterbury Tales were a collection of stories about a group of thirty people who are on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Chaucer intended that each person tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back. This idea made this project...
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  • Understanding Of Human Nature Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Does Chaucer truly understand human nature? Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, is known as the Father of English poetry. Some have said that Chaucer has the perfect understanding of human nature. All people identify with this piece of poetry in every time period, culture, and race. This universality is why Chaucer has an understanding of human nature. Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales from 1387 to 1400, when he died. Although he wrote this literature long ago, it still is applica...
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  • Oxford Oxford University Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Influences of Geoffrey ChaucherOf all the prominent Italian writers that influenced Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante and Boccaccio had the greatest impact on his literary works. Thoughothers, such as Petrarch, also influenced Chaucer, none did so to the extent of Dante and Boccaccio (Brewer pg. 13). In the fourteenth century, Italy led European culture. The most highly organized cities, the biggest industries, the richest merchants and bankers, themes doctors, the most innovational technicians, the best ...
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales

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    Geoffrey Chaucer Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer led a busy official life, as an esquire of the royal court, as the administrator of the customs for the port of London, as a participant in important diplomatic missions, and in a variety of other official duties. Before William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer was the distinguished English poet, and still retains the position as the most significant poet to write in Middle English. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in 1342, but historians are unce...
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  • Wife Of Bath Canterbury Tales

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    The Canterbury Tales is a book of stories set in the Middle Ages. This is the main point a person reading Geoffrey Chaucer s masterpiece must remember. The reason it is easy to forget is that many of the stories the pilgrims told on their way to Canterbury could be just as easily told today and not miss a beat. Chaucer brought together a diverse and interesting group for the Canterbury Tales, and this kind of diversity is just as evident in today s world as it was in Chaucer s. I believe the Can...
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  • Hundred Years War John Of Gaunt

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    Known as the Father of the English Language, Geoffrey Chaucer, after six centuries, has retained his status as one of the three or four greatest English poets. Throughout his assiduous life as a courtier and civil servant under the royalty of Edward III and Richard II, Chaucer has written many famous pieces that are still admired and praise today. His life serving royalty in which he undertook multiply positions that allowed him to engage with various people of difference statuses has greatly sw...
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer English Language

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    Why is Geoffrey Chaucer an important figure in the development in the English language? Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote And for ther is so get diversity, In English and in writing of our tonge, So prey I God that non mys write the, Ne the mystere for default of tonge Which translated into Modern English means And because there is such great diversity In England and in writing tongue, So I pray God that none wrongly copy thee Nor get thy meter wrong because of a failure of tongue What that means is t...
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  • Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer

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    ? Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer? I think some of Chaucer belongs to his time and that much of that time is dead, extinct, and never to be made alive again. What was alive in it, lives through him? John Masefield Geoffrey Chaucer? s world was the Europe of the fourteenth century. It was neither rich or poor, happy nor sad. Rather, it was the intermingling of these, a mixture of splendor and poverty, displaying both worldly desire and spiritual purity. Chaucer? s travels through it, mostly on?...
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  • Relationship With God Geoffrey Chaucer

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    The Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri's poem, The Divine Comedy, written roughly around 1307 - 1308 chronicles Dantes figurative journey to God. In this poem, Dante is led by the ghost of Virgil, the Roman poet, who has come to rescue him from he dark forest and to lead him through the realms of the afterlife. Geoffrey Chaucer, who emerged as the leading poet in English literature during the late fourteenth century, some fifty years after Dante s supremacy as the primary bard, brought f...
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  • Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer

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    Of all the prominent Italian writers that influenced Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante and Boccaccio had the greatest impact on his literary works. Though others, such as Petrarch, also influenced Chaucer, none did so to the extent of Dante and Boccaccio (Brewer pg. 13). In the fourteenth century, Italy led European culture. The most highly organized cities, the biggest industries, the richest merchants and bankers, the best doctors, the most innovational technicians, the best painters and sculptors, the ...
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  • York New York Millers Tale

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    There are numerous sources of literary criticism of The Canterbury Tales, as well as specifically about The Millers Tale. Telling stories of low sexual intrigue (fabliaux) There is nothing like [these tales] in Middle English and nothing like [these tales] anywhere in English literature (Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, 172). Chaucer often made apologies for having to tell these tales that did not fit with other literary traditions. War of the sexes is a commonly discussed theme of Chaucer's. The war o...
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  • Wife Of Bath Institution Of Marriage

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    Marriage is an institution viewed upon in many different ways. Some people believe it is a holy union of two people in order to reproduce. On the other hand, there are those who look at it as a social contract which often binds two people that are not necessarily right for each other. In Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales, the view taken is that of the former. Chaucer looks at marriage as an obligation that is almost always dominated by one of its two members, as view proven in the Millers Ta...
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  • Morally And Ethically Canterbury Tales

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    1, 216 Words In the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer effectively uses satirization throughout the tales to address various moral issues. In one such case, Chaucer singles out three religious figures the Noone, the Monk and the Frereand uses satirization to depict the lack of ethics among the three. By doing so, we, as the readers, can see more clearly Chaucer's view of what is right or wrong and what is morally and ethically acceptable and unacceptable pertaining to all despite the ...
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  • King Arthurs Court Wife Of Bath

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    Near the turn of the fourteenth century the art of composing romantic poetry entertained the inhabitants of northwestern England. Many highly educated men participated in this art and form of entertainment. Most created tales, termed epics, were also very important to the history of the individual authors nation or race. One of the three great epic poets of this period, Geoffrey Chaucer, fashioned a collection of tales that was both unique and everlasting. This collection of short stories, entit...
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    Sex and the Wife of Bath Sexual relations between men and woman have created issues of life and death from the beginning of time. In most classic Western beliefs it began when Eve with the help of the Devil seduced Adam thus leading the downfall of humanity into an abyss of sin and hopelessness. This issue arises in all literature from Genesis, Chaucer and into modern day. Authors, clerks and writers of all types have aided stereotyping women throughout history and Geoffrey Chaucer is not an exc...
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At the conference, Teaching the Middle Ages, held at Emporia University, Emporia, KS on September 10-12, 1998, Ms. Becky Fleming of Sedgwick High School, Sedwick, KS, presented the following simple and simply wonderful ideas for incorporating the Middle Ages (here represented by Chaucer, Dante, and King Arthur) into K-12 learning activities.  I reproduce them here with Ms. Fleming's permission.

  • Have students write their own tales in the form of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. It's fun to bind these into a book and give each student a copy. Students could also write their own journeys through Hell in a style that reflects Dante's Inferno.

  • Design a board game that in some way reflects the work you're studying or make a game based on a current game show like can then use the game as a review before a test.

  • Make "baseball cards" of certain characters: Illustrate Dante's sinners, Chaucer's pilgrims, King Arthur and his knights, etc. on the front of the card and include "statistics" on the back.

  • Make a calendar depicting twelve of Chaucer's pilgrims, twelve of Dante's sinners, twelve knights, etc.

  • Make a mobile of pilgrims, knights, Dante's circles of hell, etc. Students can use actual items or paper items to hang from the mobile. 

  • Make a "moving picture" using a cardboard box (any size--shoe box, cereal box, or something larger) that depicts scenes from literature. Two pencils could scroll the pictures.

  • Design a newspaper or tabloid reflecting the events in the literature you're studying. In addition to events, include want ads, personal ads, advice columns, etc.

  • Find a connection to contemporary society: Who might the Pardoner be compared to today? Who would you place in circle two of Dante's hell? What leader is most like King Arthur? Students can display their choices in various ways: through a pamphlet, a mobile, cards, etc.

  • Make use of the art teacher if he/she is willing!! Students can make clay games or masks, papier-m�ch� masks, pencil sketches of scenes or characters, watercolors, etc.

  • Have students make visual plot outlines of a certain work. Display these in the classroom and use them to review the work.

  • Use audio-visual equipment. Have students create and act in a skit that reflects a particular work. I usually videotape these. If appropriate for younger audiences, the students perform their skits for elementary classes.  

  • Have students make up lyrics about the literature that follow a well-known tune (like the tunes to The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies, Gilligan's Island). Sometimes students choose to write a rap song instead. Students make a tape of themselves singing the song. My younger students really like this.

  • Design a bulletin board that in some way reflects the literature you're studying and display it in the classroom.

  • Have students make hand puppets and write a script that covers what you're studying. I usually have my students perform the puppet show to elementary classes if appropriate.

  • Assign students the role of advertising executive and have them promote a new movie based on the work you're studying. To promote the movie students could make a movie poster, a bumper sticker, a button, a magazine or newspaper ad, and a brief television advertisement. They could also cast their movie.

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