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The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story


by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Symbol: Springtime
Symbol: Physical Features
Symbol: Clothing and Hairstyles
Allegory: Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury
Narrator Point of View
Writing Style
What's Up With the Title?
What's Up With the Ending?
Plot Analysis
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis
Three Act Plot Analysis
Steaminess Rating
Brief Summary
General Prologue
The Miller's Prologue
The Reeve's Prologue
The Cook's Prologue
Introduction to the Man of Law's Tale
Epilogue to the Man of Law's Tale
Wife of Bath's Prologue
The Friar's Prologue
The Summoner's Prologue
The Clerk's Prologue
The Merchant's Prologue
The Merchant's Epilogue
The Squire's Introduction
The Franklin's Interruption
The Pardoner's Introduction
The Words of the Host to the Shipman and Prioress
Prologue to Sir Thopas
Prologue to the Tale of Melibee
Prologue to the Monk's Tale
Prologue to the Nun's Priest's Tale
Epilogue to the Nun's Priest's Tale
The Canon's Yeoman's Prologue
The Manciple's Prologue
The Parson's Prologue
Chaucer's Retraction
The Host
The Host Timeline
Chaucer (The Narrator)
Chaucer (The Narrator) Timeline
The Knight
The Knight Timeline
The Squire
The Squire Timeline
The Yeoman
The Prioress
The Prioress Timeline
The Monk
The Monk Timeline
The Friar
The Friar Timeline
The Merchant
The Merchant Timeline
The Clerk
The Clerk Timeline
The Sergeant of the Law
The Sergeant of the Law Timeline
The Franklin
The Franklin Timeline
The Tradesmen
The Tradesmen Timeline
The Cook
The Cook Timeline
The Shipman
The Shipman Timeline
The Physician
The Physician Timeline
The Wife of Bath
The Wife of Bath Timeline
The Parson
The Parson Timeline
The Plowman
The Plowman Timeline
The Miller
The Miller Timeline
The Manciple
The Manciple Timeline
The Reeve
The Reeve Timeline
The Summoner
The Summoner Timeline
The Pardoner
The Pardoner Timeline
The Canon and Canon's Yeoman
The Canon and Canon's Yeoman Timeline
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Tools of Characterization
Literature and Writing
Literature and Writing Quotes
Competition Quotes
Society and Class
Society and Class Quotes
Wealth Quotes
Friendship Quotes
Time Quotes
Lies and Deceit
Lies and Deceit Quotes
Spirituality Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
The Wife of Bath Was A Riot
The Wife of Bath Was A Riot Flashcards
The Wife of Bath Was A Riot True or False
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey Flashcards
Pin the Tail on the Donkey True or False
These Pilgrims Don’t Get Turkey
These Pilgrims Don’t Get Turkey Flashcards
These Pilgrims Don’t Get Turkey True or False
Study Questions
Teaching The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
Current Events & Pop Culture
Challenges & Opportunities
Assignments & Activities
Portrait of a Pilgrim
Recitation, or How to Impress Your Friends and Family
Dueling Portraits: The Canterbury Pilgrims in Art
Mapping the Travels of Knight and the Wife of Bath
Chaucer Mini-Bites: Introducing Chaucer's Poetry
Chew On This
Character Journal Entry
Facebook Plot Summary
Symbolism, Allusion, and Irony
Literary Devices
Why Should I Care?
Discussion & Essay Questions
Reading Quizzes
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