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1) Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is different from anything we have read before in that it portrays in detail people from all social classes (everything thus far has been aristocratic). Chaucer’s subject matter is indicative of large social changes going on, including the rise of the mercantile classes. Looking at the General Prologue, comment on Chaucer’s attitude toward the various characters that he portrays.
What does Chaucer reveal about the individuals in his descriptions of their characters?
What does Chaucer reveal about the society of his time in these descriptions? Be specific and refer to individual characters.
2)Comment on the Miller and his tale. What do the Miller’s Prologue and the Miller’s Tale reveal about his character? What does the Miller’s Tale reveal about the social and religious views of people like the Miller in Chaucer’s time?