Tuesday, October 1, 2013
TALE OF A CANTERBURY TALE
Great Source: http://machias.edu/faculty/necastro/chaucer/translation/ct/03milt.html
Summary (Izamar Diaz) http://idiazenglitcomp13.blogspot.com/
1. Explain the central character of the tale by analyzing 5 (we are going to do 6) examples of indirect characterization (Miranda Gomez and myself) http://mgomezrhsenglitcomp.blogspot.com/
MY PART: (3 examples of indirect characterization)
Credit to: eChaucer (Chaucer in the Twenty-first century)
Ex1) Lines 3276-3280: "Surely, unless you will love me, sweetheart, I shall die for my secret love of you. And he held her hard by the thighs and said, "Sweetheart, love me now, or I will die, may God save me!"
-Through this quote we are able to assume that the Miller Nicholas is lustful, stubborn, disrespectful and smart because he know how to get what he wants even when he knows it is wrong.
Ex2) Lines 3298-3300 : "No, have no fear about that," said Nicholas. "A clerk has spent his time poorly if he can not beguile a carpenter!"
-In this quote we are introduced to Nicolas’ pride and vain personality. He admits that he is in a higher position than the carpenter and takes no shame in tricking him for that is what he is supposed to do.
Ex3) Lines 3805-3810: This Nicholas had risen to take a piss, and he thought he would contribute to the joke; he should kiss him before he ran off! And he threw up the window in haste and quietly put his ass out--past the buttocks, all the way to the thigh-bone. Thereupon spoke this clerk Absalom, Speak, sweet bird, I know not where thou art. This Nicholas then let fly a fart as great as a thunder-clap, so much so that with the stroke Absalom was almost blinded; and he was ready with his hot iron and smote Nicholas on the ass.
-Here we just witness how confident and willing Nicholas is. He takes pride in his plans and enjoys being able to beguile others. He has a wicked edge to him.
2. What is Chaucer's purpose in telling this character's tale? Is he satirizing society, giving the voiceless a voice, or trying to accomplish a different goal? [Support your argument with textual evidence.] (Vanessa Vargas) http://vanessavargasrhsenglitcomp.blogspot.com/