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Describe each characters with an adjective and tell the reason why you choose it.

 

angela c #228649
Feb 05, 2012 8:33 AM

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Describe each characters with an adjective and tell the reason why you choose it.

for example: Knight i consider him with the adjective "Gentlemen"
Reason: the Knight possesses all the traditional chivalric virtues of politeness in speech, consideration for others, righteousness, generosity, helpfulness, and loyalty.

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jill d #170087
Feb 05, 2012 9:05 AM

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Narrator; prejudice (his impressions and descriptions are influenced by his dislike of the pilgrims)

The Wife of Bath- Manipulative (she's has manipulated five men into marrying her, and attempts to influence the way others look at marriage)

The Pardoner- A fraud (bilks people out of money with the promise of God's forgiveness and the use of fraudulent items)

The Miller- boisterous (he's loud and obnoxious, a drunk)

The Prioress- ladylike (she's compassionate, modest, quiet, and has impeccable manners)

The Monk - glutton (eats too much, drinks too much) a very poor representative of what a monk should be.

The Friar- vagabond (moves to and fro serving others...... downside; he can be bribed)

The Summoner - lecherous (he is an irritable drunk)

The Host- host (happy, merry, and welcoming)

The Parson - devout (goes about his work preaching and is an example of what he preaches)

Source(s): Canterbury Tales

 

jill d #170087
Feb 05, 2012 9:12 AM

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The Squire - easy going (he's a curly-haired, youth, he's handsome and loves to dance. He possesses courtly gestures)

The Clerk - educated (book smart/ no street smarts)

Man of Law - just (he's a successful lawyer and upholds justice in all things)
 

angela c #228649
Feb 05, 2012 8:40 PM

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and the other characters? how many characters in total was ? including Chaucer isnt 24?
 

jill d #170087
Feb 05, 2012 9:18 PM

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Here is every character on the list from where I ended earlier; these character descriptions are gradesaver's, there are more characters at the study guide link but I don't think you'll need them.


The Franklin
He travels with the Man of Law. The Franklin is a man who takes delight in all simple pleasures, most prominently culinary ones. His story is that of a woman who promises to have an affair with a man if he can save her husband.

The Weaver
One of the five guildsmen who travel with the pilgrims to Canterbury, the Weaver does not tell a tale.

The Dyer
One of the five guildsmen who travel with the pilgrims to Canterbury, the Dyer does not tell a tale.

The Carpenter
One of the five guildsmen who travel with the pilgrims to Canterbury, he does not tell a tale.

The Tapestry-Maker
One of the five guildsmen who travel with the pilgrims to Canterbury, he does not tell a tale.

The Haberdasher
One of the five guildsmen who travel with the pilgrims to Canterbury, he does not tell a tale.

The Cook
A lewd and vulgar man, the Cook often engages in violent and contentious behavior. He tells a tale that appears to be a fabliau. However, this tale does not exist in a completed form.

The Shipman
He tells the tale of a woman who agrees to have an affair with a monk who will pay her so that she can repay a debt to her husband, but this monk ultimately borrows this money from the husband himself.

The Physician
The Physician tells a tale about a father who, in order to protect his daughter from scoundrels who contrive to rape her, murders his daughter.

The Wife of Bath
The most ostentatious of the travelers, the Wife of Bath has been married five times and is currently searching for another man to marry. The Wife of Bath is opinionated and boisterous, and her tale, which centers around the question "what do women want?," promotes her view that women wish to have authority over men.

The Parson
The Parson is a man devoted to his congregation, decent and principled. His tale is a long dissertation on the definition of sin and its various forms.

The Miller
A large man with an imposing physique, the Miller is rude and contemptuous of his fellow travelers. His tale is a comic story of a devious student who contrives to have an affair with the wife of a dimwitted carpenter.

The Manciple
Also trained in the law, the Manciple tells a fable that attributes the dark appearance and unpleasant sound of crows to the actions of a white crow who told the god Phoebus of his wife's infidelity.

The Reeve
A slender man with a fiery temper, he tells a tale in response to the Miller's Tale. His tale concerns a villainous Miller who is humiliated by two Oxford students.

The Summoner
The profession of the summoner is to issue summons for people to appear in front of the Church court, and in this the Summoner is quite unfair. He tells a tale in response to the Friar's diatribe against summoners that parodies the Friar's profession.

The Pardoner
An effeminate and shamelessly immoral man, the Pardoner is intensely self-loathing yet devoted to his task of defrauding people of their money by making them believe that they have sinned and need to buy pardons. His tale is an allegory about three rioters who find death through their avarice. The Pardoner uses this tale as an attempt to sell pardons to the company, but is silenced by the Host.

The Canon
A mysterious and threatening figure, he and his Yeoman are not original travelers with the pilgrims to Canterbury. They seek out the party when they learn about the tales that they have been telling. When the Canon's Yeoman reveals too much about his master's profession, the Canon suddenly disappears.

The Canon's Yeoman
The assistant to the Canon, he speaks openly about his master's tricks as an alchemist, prompting the Canon to leave the pilgrims. The Yeoman then admits that he regrets the deceptions of his master, and tells a tale that details the methods of a canon's fraud.

Source(s): http://www.gradesaver.com/the-canterbury-tales/study-guide/character-list/

 

angela c #228649
Feb 07, 2012 5:56 PM

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but can you please give an adjective for each ?
 

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