Geoffrey Chaucer 1340? - 1400

Geoffrey Chaucer 1340? - 1400 Ms. N. Croney Geoffrey Chaucer Facts

Born in London Middle ages was coming to a close Family was well off Family made wine and leather trade

The name Chaucer comes from the French word for shoemaker (surname) Was an attendant to Prince Lionel (son of

King Edward III) More Facts With Prince Lionel,

Chaucer learned the customs of the upperclass As a teenager he joined the kings army. Fought in the Hundred Years War

He became a diplomat He was influenced by Dante, Petrarch, and a few of the other French and Italian writers while traveling. As a Writer Last

two decades of his life were his best for writing The Canterbury Tales is the most famous A collection of verse and prose tales of many different kinds Began organizing in 1387

Was unfinished at the time of his death (20,000 lines) Honored in death Buried in Londons Westminster Abbey 1566 marble tomb for his remains Whats the big deal

During his time the educated spoke French. Chaucer was one of the first writers to show that English could be a respectable literary language. Cornerstone of English literature Symbolism A

symbol is a person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself. What does this stand for And this What about this

Finally Now your turn Think of something that is symbolic to you. Show your symbol to someone else without telling them what it is. What does it mean to them before they know

what it means? Explain what it means to them. Isnt if ironic? Irony is the contrast between what you expect and reality (what you get)

Ex. Traffic jam when youre already late Ex. A No Smoking sign on your cigarette break Ex. Ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife Ex. Its like meeting the man of your dream, and then meeting his beautiful wife. (All quotations are from Alanis Morissette)

Tone The tone of a work expresses the writers attitude toward the works subject or characters

Can be formal or informal Can be amused or impatient Characterization The means by which a writer develops a characters personality.

Description of physical appearance Presentation of speech, thoughts, feelings, and actions Presentation of other characters speech, thoughts, feelings, and actions

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