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Classification Chart

Venn diagram Exercise


Modern renditions of Chaucers tales are being made or being told frequently throughout the ages. Each tale (possibly excluding The Cooks Tale), has a driven moral or critique on societal professions profound during that era. Students can use this classification chart to observe and analyze the differences and similarities between older and contemporary professions. By identifying stereotypical professions, students can judge if authors make those satirical or idyllic based on the generation. Directions: By yourself look at any book, film, show or article that depicts certain professions being stereotyped or emphasized in a satirical or idyllic light. Pick one person from the film/book/ article and identify their profession. Then choose one of the characters from The General Prologue from Chaucers The Canterbury Tales. Make a Venn diagram that explains their similarities and differences. You should include no less than 6 facts in each circle of differences. For similarities I will need at least 5. In a brief paragraph, summarize your findings and opinion of the outside resource you analyzed. Somewhere on your diagram (or outside of it) please include a video or picture of the character you chose from your outside resource. An example is shown below.

The Parson from The Canterbury Tales 1.) He is an idyllic archetype 2.) Instead of telling a story he tells a sermon to improve one's life. 3.) Chaucer does not criticize the Parson like the other characters 4.) Chaucer descibes him througout as a logical and sensible person 5.) The Parson practices what he teaches 6.)Does not agree with the fables each character tells to get back at another character
1.) They both work for the church as priests 2.) Both have been tempted by The Devil 3.) They show compassion towards others 4.) Both are knowledgeable in what they teach 5.) They seek to improve selfliving

Archdeacon Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1.) He is a satirical archetype 2.) He is a Priest yet practices the black arts 3.) Becomes obsessed with a young girl and lusts for her 4.) Kills Esmeralda and has Quasimodo tortured. 5.) Is compassionate towards Quasimodo but ignores him once he becomes captured. 6.) Though he is celibate, he tries to rape Esmeralda

From left to right: Archdeacon Claude Frollo, The Parson

Summary: According to most readers, The Parson is considered to be the only idyllic archetype from Chaucers The Canterbury Tales. He refuses to tell a fable as he is uninterested in telling fabliaux. Instead he tells an unrhymed prose of self-improvement and how to live ones life. Archdeacon Claude Frollo on the other hand, can almost be seen as The Parsons opposite. While he is in fact a priest, he is constantly giving into temptation and lusting after a young girl even though he is supposed to be celibate. He is a satirical archetype because as he imposes his beliefs on Quasimodo and his younger brother, he does not acknowledge them himself. He can be seen as an anti-hero; wanting to be a good figure and show compassion, yet falls into madness throughout the novel.