The Canterbury Tales Jasmine Brown

The Lawyer

1.) What specific occupation does your character practice?

~At first I thought he was an officer but he's actually a lawyer.

2.) What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?

~A lot of crimes were probably going on so they needed a court system and you can really have a court without a lawyer.

3.) What was his or her social standing?

~He belongs in the middle class.

4.) What might your character's day to day life be like?

~He probably just walked around in the city writing things, performing in court, and buying land.

5.) What details about this character does Chaucer not include?

~He doesn't really go into detail about his looks.

6.) What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?

~He could be considered a lawyer/officer.

Part Two

1.) Pharaphase each line of the prologue describing your character.

~He was a wise man,

The words he spoke were very wise,

He was smart and had a good position,

He won lots of money,

His knowledge and reputation,

Won him many riches and clothing.

There was no such land buyer like him,

All was simple to him.

He was the busiest man,

He seemed busier than he was.

He could make up a deed

And nobody could find nothing wrong with it.

He rode in a weaved coat,

A sell belt with small metal ornaments.

Nothing else will be said about his looks.

2.) Which lines in the prologue best describe your character's physical appearance?

~338-339 “He wore a homely parti-colored coat, Girt with a silken belt of pin-stripe stuff;”

3.) Which lines describe his/her personality?

~322: “Discreet he was, a man to reverence,”

328: “There was no such conveyance as he;”

4.) Which specific words add to your understanding of the character's personality?

~Wary, wise, excellent, discreet, knowledgeable

Part Three

1.) What is Chaucer's opinion toward this character?

~There is a slight bit of criticism. Makes him seem busier than he really is.

2.) What specific lines or words tell you this?

"Nowhere was there a man as busy as he- /and yet he seemed busier than he was."

3.) What word choices require and understanding of vocabulary from the time period?

~ Saint Pauls

Consultation

Assizes

Justice

Commission

The time of King Willaim the Conqueror

Statute

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